At least 17 Democratic lawmakers, including prominent progressives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, were arrested Tuesday during a protest against abortion rights outside the Supreme Court in Washington, police said.
The United States Capitol Police further said: Twitter that the protesters had blocked traffic on a nearby road and received three warnings before officers made the arrests.
“We have made a total of 35 arrests for Crowding, Obstruction or Incommoding,” the police said. “That arrest number includes 17 members of Congress.”
The small demonstration came three weeks after a controversial Supreme Court ruling overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that guaranteed women’s access to abortion.
“Today I was arrested while participating in a civil disobedience action with my fellow members of Congress outside the Supreme Court,” Minnesota Representative Omar, said on Twitter.
“I will continue to do everything I can to raise the alarm about the attack on our reproductive rights!” she tweeted.
New York City Representative Carolyn Maloney was also arrested and issued a statement saying, “There is no democracy if women do not have control over their own bodies and decisions about their own health, including reproductive care.”
“The Republican Party and the right-wing extremists behind this decision are not pro-life, but pro-control the bodies of women, girls and every person who can get pregnant.”
Footage from the protest shows Ocasio-Cortez, Omar and others being led away, uncuffed, and waving to supporters.