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AOC, Ilhan Omar, Cori Bush, Among 17 House Democrats Arrested During Pro-Choice Protest

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Several prominent Democratic members of Congress were arrested on Tuesday afternoon during a protest in support of abortion rights in front of the supreme court, in the aftermath of the historic overturning of Roe v Wade last month according to The Guardian.

The politicians gathered in front of the US Capitol before marching to the court building, chanting “our bodies, our choice” and “we won’t go back”.

The group, which included the prominent progressives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Cori Bush, proceeded to stand along a crosswalk, or pedestrian crossing area, in front of the court, which is surrounded by a large black fence claimed to be unclimbable and erected to keep protesters away, The Guardian reported.

Within two minutes of their arrival, police began ordering them to “cease and desist.” Instead, they sat on the street blocking traffic, and were one by one led off by officers as they chanted, “The people, united, will never be divided.”

The US Capitol Police tweeted: “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.”

Capitol Police later said they had arrested 34 people total, including 16 members of Congress.

According to CNN, among those arrested:

Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark of Massachusetts
Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts
Barbara Lee of California
Jackie Speier of California
Sara Jacobs of California
Ilhan Omar of Minnesota
Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey
Andy Levin of Michigan
Rashida Tlaib of Michigan
Jan Schakowsky of Illinois
Madeline Dean of Pennsylvania
Cori Bush of Missouri
Carolyn Maloney of New York
Nydia Velazquez of New York
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York
Alma Adams of North Carolina

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