Capitol Police arrested 17 House Democrats for continuously ignoring their warnings during the abortion protests near the Supreme Court.
Some of the notable lawmakers who were arrested include AOC, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Carolyn Maloney, and Ayanna Pressley.
Democratic Lawmakers Arrested Outside Supreme Court
On Tuesday, a handful of protesters appeared near the US Supreme Court against the Roe v. Wade ruling.
They were chanting “we won’t go back” and “our body, our choice” when the police kept on warning them to clear the roads for traffic. However, the demonstrators repeatedly ignored the warnings; so the police started making arrests.
According to the statement released by the Capitol police, it is illegal to block traffic. Therefore, the officers started arresting protesters when they did not listen to the police despite three standard warnings.
While the police did not give names of the arrested lawmakers and directed the media to get more information from lawmakers’ offices, Twitter admins of various lawmakers announced the arrests.
— ABC News (@ABC) July 19, 2022
Ilhan Omar’s Twitter account revealed she was arrested for participating in the “civil disobedience action” with her other colleagues.
Likewise, she tweeted she would continue “to do everything” in her power to denounce the attacks on abortion rights.
Similarly, the Twitter admins of Congresswoman Alma Adams also posted she was arrested while protesting outside the Supreme Court.
AOC’s Stunt to Get Sympathy Went Viral
In the viral video of the arrest, the police can be seen taking far-left Congresswoman AOC with them.
Her stunt to get public sympathy went viral; she tried to fake being handcuffed by putting her arms crossed behind her while she was not handcuffed.
AOC pretended to be in handcuffs when she was escorted away from the Supreme Court pic.twitter.com/QnUP4ZQWxX
— Washington Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) July 19, 2022
As per the statement released by the office of one of the arrested lawmakers, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, there is no democracy in the country when women are denied their fundamental rights.
Maloney, who represents New York’s 12 congressional district, stated she has the privilege of representing a state where reproductive rights are safe.
However, she will happily “put [her] body on the line” to safeguard the rights of millions of other women impacted by the abortion ruling.
Reportedly, Squad member Rashida Tlaib was also among the arrested lawmakers, but her office did not reveal any such news. Her Twitter account continued posting videos and photographs of the protests after her arrest.
Abortion rights protests have become a normal day affair since the leaked documents of the Supreme Court established the court’s intent to restrict abortion access.
However, these protests significantly intensified after the actual verdict of the Supreme Court last month.
The landmark ruling also urged far-left groups to threaten Supreme Court judges and damage pro-life groups in the country.
Many churches were vandalized by these groups. An assassination attempt was made on conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who was also forced by pro-choice protesters to leave a restaurant.