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Protest against revocation of abortion rights, 17 members of United States Congress arrested

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – At least 17 Democrats in Congress, including progressives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, were arrested Tuesday during an abortion rights protest outside the United States Supreme Court in Washington.

US Capitol Police said on Twitter that protesters blocked traffic on a nearby street and were given three warnings before officers were arrested.

“In total, we have made 35 arrests on charges of crowding, obstructing or obstructing,” police said. france24 Wednesday, July 20, 2022. “The number of arrested includes 17 members of Congress.”

The demonstrations came three weeks after a controversial Supreme Court ruling that overturned the landmark 1973 ruling of Roe v. Wade, who has guaranteed women’s access to abortion nationwide.

“Today I was arrested outside the Supreme Court while participating in an act of civil disobedience with a fellow member of Congress,” Minnesota Representative Omar said on Twitter. “I will continue to do everything in my power to raise the alarm about attacks on my reproductive rights!” He tweeted.

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Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney of New York was also arrested, and issued a statement saying, “There is no democracy if women do not have control over their bodies and decisions about their own health, including reproductive care.”

“Republicans and far-right extremists are not pro-life behind this decision, but pro-body control of women, girls and anyone who is pregnant.”

Footage from the protest shows Ocasio-Cortez, Omar and others being taken away without handcuffs.

The 17 members of Congress arrested include Barbara Lee from California, Rashida Tlaib from Michigan, Corey Bush from Missouri, Jan Schakowski from Illinois, Jackie Spear from California, Caroline Maloney from New York, Veronica Escobar from Texas, Sarah Jacobs from California, Alma Adams. were involved. from North Carolina, Bonnie Watson from New Jersey, Nidia Velazquez from New York, Madeleine Dean from Pennsylvania and Andy Levine from Michigan.

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Although the Democratic-controlled House passed a bill last week that would protect abortion rights, it is unlikely to pass in the Senate. The Supreme Court’s June 24 decision in Roe v. Wade has resulted in millions of American women losing access to safe abortions and delaying life-saving antenatal care for other women.

Also read: US Supreme Court Ends Nearly Five Decades Of Abortion Rights

Sumber: France24

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