Congresswomen Katherine Clark and Ayanna Pressley were among more than 30 people who were arrested Tuesday, July 19, at a rally in support of abortion rights that was held outside of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Clark, the Assistant Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, was arrested while participating in a civil disobedience action for abortion rights at the Supreme Court in protest of the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

The protest comes after House Democrats have taken swift action to protect abortion rights including the second passage of the Women’s Health Protection Act and the Ensuring Access to Abortion Act. 

Joined by members of the Democratic Women’s Caucus, the leadership of the Center for Popular Democracy Action (CPD/A), and affiliate organizations, Clark demanded immediate action to protect reproductive freedom and end the extreme Republican agenda to criminalize individual reproductive health decisions.

“The extremist Republican Party is determined to take us back in time and take away our rights. I refuse to stand on the sidelines as their rampage continues,” said Assistant Speaker Clark. “I am furious and heartbroken, and I will proudly fight for our right to abortion and all of our Constitutional rights. They can arrest me, but we won’t allow them to arrest freedom.”

Thirty-four people, including 16 members of Congress, were arrested on charges including crowding, obstructing, or incommoding, according to U.S. Capitol Police.


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