At Least 17 Democratic Congresswomen Arrested Following Abortion Rights Protest

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  • Agents arrested 35 people who were demonstrating in front of the Supreme Court, one of them Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

At least 17 Democrats in Congress arrested after abortion rights protest

crats of the United States Congress have been arrested this Tuesday during a demonstration for the right to abortion in front of the Supreme Court, where they protested the decision of the judicial entity to suppress the legal precedent that allowed abortion in the country. The US Capitol Police have made a total of 35 arrests for “overcrowding, obstruction, or nuisance,” including 17 members of Congress, including Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez< /strong>, as reported by police sources on Twitter.

“We have arrested a total of 35 people for overcrowding, obstruction or inconvenience (…) That number includes 17 members of Congress,” the Capitol Police reported, detailing that the arrests began after ;s that up to three warnings were given to leave the street. The NBC network has detailed that other Democratic legislators arrested have been Carolyn Maloney, Ilhan Omar, Cori Bush, Veronica Escobar, Jackie Speier, Barbara Lee and Ayanna Pressley. The congressmen have justified their protest by assuring that they were participating in an act of civil disobedience.

“There is no democracy if women do not have control over their own bodies and decisions about their own health, including reproductive care” , Maloney, who is a representative of New York, has expressed in a statement to which the American network CBS has had access. “I am privileged to represent a state where reproductive rights are respected and protected; The least I can do is risk my body for the 33 million women who are at risk of losing their rights,” added the congresswoman, alleging that the goal of the Republican Party and “right-wing extremists” is that of “instituting a national ban on abortion”.

On June 24, the Supreme Court of the United States revoked the legal precedent that allowed abortion in the country, Roe v. Wade, which had been in use in the country since 1973. Since then, Democrats have announced their intention to enshrine the right to abortion into law, although such a measure lacks support in the Senate with the composition However, the Biden Administration has recently approved some measures to facilitate access to medication to terminate pregnancy and travel to states where this practice is carried out for women who do so. request.

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