WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — A total of 35 people, including 17 Democratic lawmakers, were arrested Tuesday while protesting outside the Supreme Court. The group was calling for federal abortion protections.
Various reports To display what follows 17 lawmakers were arrested:
- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y.
- Rep. Alma Adams, D.N.C.
- Representative Andy Levin, D-Mich.
- Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.
- Rep. Barbara Lee, D-California.
- Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman, D.N.J.
- Rep. Carolyn Maloney, DN.Y.
- Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo.
- Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.
- Rep. Jackie Speier, D-California.
- Representative Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill.
- Rep. Katherine Clarks, D-Mass.
- Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Pa.
- Rep. Nydia Velazquez, DN.Y.
- Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.
- Rep. Sara Jacobs, D-California.
- Rep. Veronica Escobar, D Texas
The protesters were arrested after refusing to leave the street and three warnings from Capitol police.
“We won’t stop fighting,” said Cori Bush, who represents Missouri. “It’s not just for us now, it’s for our legacy, it’s for our children’s children.”
A Missouri trigger law made abortions illegal following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. State law makes no exceptions for rape or incest.
“So many of our constituents contacted us out of fear,” Bush said.
Despite the Republicans’ pushback, California lawmaker Jackie Speier said their march from the steps of the Capitol was needed to get their message across.
“We refuse to go back under any circumstances,” Speier said.
In the weeks following the ruling, Senate Republicans blocked Democrats’ efforts to grant abortion rights nationwide or expand legal protections to women who cross state lines to seek services. of abortion.
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., Said the calls from Democrats are out of step with the public.
“After the Supreme Court decision, people in Missouri are writing their own laws,” Hawley said. “They want to impose an agenda that is only favored by less than 10% of the population, it’s abortion on demand, abortion until the ninth month of pregnancy.”
Despite the stalemate, Bush and others promise to continue the fight.
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