Capitol Police arrested nearly 200 pro-abortion protestors including California Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-San Gabriel Valley) near the Supreme Court Thursday, reports CNN.
Authorities moved in after demonstrators on the corner between the U.S. Supreme Court and the Capitol grounds.
When I first heard Roe was overturned, I immediately thought of who would be most harmed by this decision: a young girl who is a survivor of rape, a woman who cannot afford to travel to another state to access critical care, an expecting mother with an ectopic pregnancy whose life is in danger because she cannot have an abortion,” Chu said in a statement Thursday.
Chu backed President Biden’s call to abolish the filibuster to pass legislation to codify abortion rights. Chu is a leading sponsor of the Women’s Health Protection Act which would do that, reported The Hill.
“We are in this together and we will not back down or be silenced. I am ramping up my calls to abolish the Senate filibuster — and actively exploring every option to ensure we pass my bill, the Women’s Health Protection Act, which establishes a federal right to abortion care, and have it signed into law,” she said in her statement. “Lives are at stake and this fight is far from over.”
According to CBS, police issued a citation to Chu and released her two hours later.
The Congresswoman specifically flew back to Washington for the protest organized by Planned Parenthoood. She was the only elected from Congress to appear.
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