Democratic lawmakers including Ocasio-Cortez, Lee, Speier and others were arrested during an abortion rights protest outside the Supreme Court

More than a dozen Democratic members of Congress were among those arrested by Capitol police on Tuesday afternoon in connection with an abortion rights protest outside the Supreme Court.

Wearing specially designed green bandanas with “Won’t Back Down,” they marched from the Capitol to the Court, which was fenced for weeks, shortly after the leaked draft ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.

Within two minutes of their arrival, the police began ordering them to “cease and desist”. Instead, they sat in the street and were led away one by one by officers as they chanted, “The people, united, will never be divided.”

United States Capitol Police tweeted: “Protesters begin blockading First Street, NE. It is illegal to block traffic so officers will give our standard three warnings before they begin making arrests.”

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Rep. Jackie Speier released a statement after her arrest in which she quoted civil rights activist and Congressman John Lewis, saying, “I have never been arrested before, but I can hear the late and great member of the Congressman John Lewis imploring me to ‘make some noise and get into big trouble.'”

“We must be willing to stand up for patients who have the right to basic health care and the fundamental right to bodily autonomy. We must take a stand for women and girls, including 10-year-old rape victims, who are deprived of care and forced to flee their home countries because the extremists who have taken power in the Supreme Court are pursuing a religious, political and personal agenda.We must continue to speak out and be arrested so that people of color and poor patients, who are most affected by this draconian and misogynistic decision, are not being left behind with common complications that healthcare providers are too afraid to deal with due to the threat of litigation, let alone threats of death to them and their families. LGTBQ+ people, families and many more are counting on us to fight back now and every day until the Dobbs decision is relegated to the a dustbin of history to which it belongs.”

Representative Barbara Lee also released a statement in which she condemned the extreme Republican agenda saying it attempts to suppress individual freedoms.

“We marched to the Supreme Court in defense of the millions of Americans who have had their rights taken away by inhumane conservative policies. We must be clear: overthrowing Roe is NOT the will of the people. It is part of a extreme Republican agenda to suppress personal freedoms – from abortion to contraception to marriage equality We cannot sit in silence as they continue to attack our most basic rights. for civil disobedience today was an act of solidarity with all who feel the impact of this injustice through this I pledge to continue this fight: in Congress, on the streets and at the ballot box.

Capitol police later said they arrested a total of 34 people, including 16 members of Congress.

Among those arrested:

  • Associate Lecturer Katherine Clark of Massachusetts
  • Ayanna Pressley from Massachusetts
  • Barbara Lee from California
  • Jackie Speier from California
  • Sara Jacobs from California
  • Ilhan Omar of Minnesota
  • Bonnie Watson Coleman from New Jersey
  • Michigan’s Andy Levin
  • Rashida Tlaib from Michigan
  • Jan Schakowsky of Illinois
  • Madeline Dean from Pennsylvania
  • Cori Bush of Missouri
  • New York’s Carolyn Maloney
  • Nydia Velazquez from New York
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York
  • Alma Adams of North Carolina

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