It’s one of the larger mass arrests by the department in recent years.
What happened: The Capitol Police arrested 181 people Thursday, including Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), who were taking part in a pro-abortion rights protest after they blocked an intersection near the Supreme Court and Senate office buildings. It’s one of the larger mass arrests by the department in recent years.
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Chu, the lead sponsor of Democrats’ signature abortion rights legislation that has stalled out in the 50-50 Senate, called for more action on abortion rights in a statement on her arrest.
“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. Lives are at stake and this fight is far from over.”—Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) in a statement
Increased security: Thursday’s protest was organized by advocacy groups, including the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and the CPD Action, and comes amid nationwide protests a week after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The Supreme Court and U.S. Capitol have ramped up security in response to large demonstrations. In the month since a draft decision of the abortion decision was disclosed, authorities have closed off streets around the Supreme Court to cars and set up a non-scalable fence around the Court.