CHICAGO (CBS/CNN) — Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakosky and more than a dozen other Democratic members of Congress were arrested by Capitol police on Tuesday afternoon during an abortion rights protest outside the Supreme Court the United States.
CNN reports lawmakers wore green bandanas with the message “Won’t Back Down” as they marched from the US Capitol to the Supreme Court to protest the recent ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, prompting many states to enact severe restrictions, if not outright bans, on abortion.
Shortly after the protesters arrived, the police began ordering them to “cease and desist”. Instead, they sat in the street and were arrested one by one as they chanted, “The people, united, will never be divided.
Schakowsky tweeted a video clip of her being taken away by a police officer, writing “Today I’m making good trouble. #bansofourbodies“.
During the protest, Capitol Police tweeted that protesters were blocking the street, so officers would begin issuing three warnings to protesters before making arrests for blocking traffic.
In addition to Schakowsky, members of Congress who were arrested included U.S. Representatives Katherine Clark and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts; Barbara Lee, Jackie Speier and Sara Jacobs from California; Ilhan Omar of Minnesota; Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey; Andy Levin and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan; Madeline Dean of Pennsylvania; Cori Bush of Missouri; and Carolyn Maloney, Nydia Velazquez and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.