Minnesota US Rep Ilhan Omar was arrested, together with 17 different members of Congress, throughout an indication outdoors the US Supreme Court docket in Washington, DC on Tuesday.

Omar was collaborating in a civil disobedience motion outdoors the courtroom over its current resolution to finish constitutional protections for abortion.

On June 24, the US Supreme Court docket overturned the almost 50-year outdated ruling of Roe v Wade. In Minnesota, abortion stays authorized underneath the 1995 resolution of Doe v Gomez.

On Sunday, 1000’s marched in St Paul for abortion rights at a rally organised by UnRestrict Minnesota.

Rep Omar was in attendance and condemned the efforts being made to strip abortion entry throughout the nation.

“We’re fortunate abortion stays authorized in Minnesota. The truth is, we’re surrounded by states the place abortion is now unlawful or can be quickly,” she mentioned. “Let me be clear, identical to in Congress, they’ll go away within the blink of a watch.”

The members of Congress had been arrested for violating a legislation towards crowding and obstructing public sidewalks and roadways. The US Capitol Police tweeted that demonstrators, together with Omar, blocked visitors and it’s “towards the legislation to dam visitors.”

Amongst these arrested had been Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Carolyn Maloney of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Cori Bush of Missouri, Veronica Escobar of Texas, Jackie Speier and Barbara Lee of California, and Ayanna Pressley and Katherine Clark of Massachusetts. The lawmakers mentioned they had been participating in an act of civil disobedience.

In the meantime, Omar said in a press launch that she is going to proceed to struggle for reproductive rights.

“Our reproductive rights are underneath assault throughout the nation, because of an extremist courtroom with little regard for precedent or our primary rights. I’ll do no matter it takes, together with placing my physique on the road, to guard our reproductive rights.”

The Republican Occasion of Minnesota, however, issued a press release criticising Omar and referred to as her actions “reckless and lawless.”

“Constituents of Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District deserve a member of Congress that’s centered on the crucial points affecting their lives, like rampant violent crime, rising inflation, failing colleges, and extra,” Republican Occasion of Minnesota Communications Director Nick Majerus wrote. “As an alternative, Ilhan Omar is extra serious about low cost stunts that rating political factors.”

(With company enter)

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