Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar arrested for anti-abortion protest

At least 17 Democratic politicians, including prominent progressives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, were arrested while protesting for abortion rights in front of the Supreme Court in Washington.
US Capitol Police said on Twitter that demonstrators blocked traffic on a nearby road and received three warnings before police made arrests.

“We made a total of 35 arrests for crowding, obstruction or interference,” police said Tuesday. “That number of arrests includes 17 members of Congress.”

The small demonstration took place three weeks after a controversial Supreme Court decision overturned which guaranteed women access to abortions.
“I was arrested today while participating in a civil disobedience action with my fellow members of Congress outside the Supreme Court,” Ms. Omar, a Minnesota representative, tweeted.

“I will continue to do everything in my power to raise the alarm about violations of our reproductive rights!” she tweeted.

Representative 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 health, including reproductive health.”
“The Republican Party and the right-wing extremists behind this decision are not for life, but for control of the bodies of women, girls and anyone who might become pregnant.”

Footage from the protest shows Ms. Ocasio-Cortez being led away from the protest with her hands behind her back but without handcuffs, while Ms. Omar and others are led away waving to supporters.