New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Ortez, Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar and North Carolina Rep. Alma Adams were among the Democrats arrested during an abortion rights protest. Capitol police warned participants that action was going to be taken. Rep. Judy Chu was arrested previously for a pro choice protest at the Capitol as well. Protestors blocked roads both near the Capitol and the Supreme Court.
Several Democrats were arrested
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s staff tweeted out, “Today, Rep. AOC was arrested along with other members of Congress outside the Supreme Court for protesting in support of abortion rights.” Rep. Alma Adams’ staff tweeted similar, “This is Congresswoman Adams’ staff. She was just arrested protesting for abortion rights and reproductive justice at the Supreme Court. More information as it develops.”
Police warned several times before arrests started, “Demonstrators are starting to block First Street, NE. It is against the law to block traffic, so officers are going to give our standard three warnings before they start making arrests.” Minutes later, the arrests began. People weren’t leaving.
— Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@RepAOC) July 19, 2022
Democrats are still bound by law
The police tweeted out before starting, “We have already given our standard three warnings. Some of the demonstrators are refusing to get out of the street, so we are starting to make arrests.” After arrests there was more Twitter action, “We made a total of 34 arrests for Crowding, Obstructing or Incommoding (DC Code § 22–1307). That arrest number includes 16 Members of Congress.”
Chu tweeted out after her arrest, “The decision to march today was easy—I came out to march for the young rape survivor, the woman who cannot afford to travel to another state to access critical care, the mother with an ectopic pregnancy whose life is in danger. I came out to march for all of us.”
We have already given our standard three warnings.
Some of the demonstrators are refusing to get out of the street, so we are starting to make arrests.
— U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) July 19, 2022
Democrats were furious over the abortion decision
When the Supreme Court decided to overturn Roe v Wade, people who favored nationwide control over abortion came unglued. Chief Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion was leaked.
“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled. It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives. We, therefore, hold the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion. Roe and Casey must be overruled, and the authority to regulate abortion must be returned to the people and their elected representatives.”
— Judy Chu (@RepJudyChu) June 30, 2022
Democrats want that control
Chief Justice Roberts ordered a probe into that leak since it was meant to “undermine the integrity of our operations.” “It will not succeed,” he vowed.
The GOP and those involved in the integrity of the court system thought this needed to be done immediately. Missouri GOP Sen. Josh Hawley noted, “This leak was intended to intimidate the justices and threaten the whole institution of the Court. Now the Court is facing an all-out assault from the left with an assassination attempt on a sitting justice and elected Democrats declaring an entire branch of government ‘illegitimate.’ Thankfully, the leak did not change the outcome of this monumental case, but we need to get to the bottom of what happened and ensure it never does again.”
Judicial Crisis Network President Carrie Severino noted, “I would hope that the Chief Justice is treating the investigation with great urgency given that the current clerks are nearly done with the term and he will soon lose whatever leverage he currently has.”