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WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews) — At least 17 radical pro-abortion members of Congress, including U.S. Reps. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, were arrested Tuesday during a pro-abortion protest in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. that involved planned “civil disobedience.”
The arrests have been widely panned on social media as a publicity stunt, with many conservative commentators pointing out that the House members appeared to pretend to have been handcuffed when they were actually only escorted away by police.
If you want to see the height of privilege, members of congress getting themselves arrested and smiling while doing it. https://t.co/0H5xJJEtY2
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) July 19, 2022
Axios reported that Democrat Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Carolyn Maloney of New York, Cori Bush of Missouri, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Madeleine Dean of Pennsylvania, Nydia Velazquez of New York, Barbara Lee of California, Jackie Speier of California, Katherine Clark of Massachusetts, Sara Jacobs of California, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Andy Levin of Michigan, Alma Adams of North Carolina, Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey, Veronica Escobar of Texas, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and Jan Schakowsky of Illinois were arrested by Capitol Police.
Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, and others have vehemently opposed the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, and during their tenure advocated for radical leftist economic and social policies, including defunding the police, codifying a federal “right to abortion,” and implementing a “Green New Deal.”
Rep. Omar’s staffers had announced the radical congresswoman “would be participating in an event at the United States Supreme Court Tuesday to protest the overturn of Roe v. Wade,” KSTP reported. Omar’s office also alerted media that she and other members of Congress would engage in “civil disobedience” during the protest.
News of the arrests was immediately preceded by viral video of Ocasio-Cortez being escorted by police away from the U.S. Supreme Court building.
— Douglas Blair (@DouglasKBlair) July 19, 2022
After the reversal of Roe v. Wade late last month, Ocasio-Cortez had urged pro-abortion protesters to take to the streets to oppose the ruling.
In the aftermath of the leak of the Supreme Court majority opinion draft overruling Roe v. Wade, lawless vandals backed by the abortion lobby and pro-abortion politicians have launched riots and violent attacks on pro-life entities across America, from pregnancy centers to churches, and even targeted Justices' homes.
This widespread, organized effort not only sets a dangerous standard for how groups and individuals may opt to stage demonstrations going forward, but begs the question of how the pro-abortion crowd would behave if and when the Supreme Court officially overturns Roe later this summer.
And, worst of all, the White House has largely turned a blind eye to these riots, with Joe Biden -- who at one time claimed to be personally opposed to abortion due to his Catholic faith -- now acting as the foremost advocate for unfettered abortion access in America.
Biden's nonexistent response must be addressed, and the White House needs to know that the American people demand better from their supposed "leader."
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition calling on Joe Biden to stop beating around the bush and finally issue a formal statement condemning the violent riots and attacks on pro-life institutions across our country in the wake of the leaked Supreme Court majority opinion draft overturning Roe v. Wade.
Over Mother's Day weekend, pro-abortion attacks broke out across America, with increasingly depraved activists targeting pregnancy centers, pro-life advocacy organizations, and churches with either disruptive demonstrations or, in some cases, vandalism and outright violence.
Among the most barbaric occurrences was the vicious attack on Wisconsin Family Action, a pro-life group headquartered in Madison, where vandals threw a Molotov cocktail into an office window, started a fire on one of its walls, and left a threatening graffiti message reading "If abortions aren't safe then you aren't either."
Review a FULL LIST of other appalling attacks HERE.
They even descended upon the homes of Supreme Court Justices like Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, and Chief Justice John Roberts, who appear poised to formally issue the final blow to Roe v. Wade in the coming weeks, after publishing a map with their private addresses.
The case, which was decided nearly 50 years ago in 1973, saw members of the bench fabricate a constitutional "right" to abortion, depriving individual states from crafting their own laws to protect life. However, should Roe, as expected, be overturned, the matter of abortion would be returned to the states, where it always belonged, giving lawmakers the ability to propose legislation that would either place strong restrictions on the procedure or, in some cases, ban it outright.
And while, of course, freedom of speech must be protected and defended for all Americans, demonstrations that devolve into vandalism, rioting, the use of intimidation tactics against members of the judiciary (or anyone else, for that matter), or violence in any form must NEVER be tolerated.
But the White House seems to be taking a different approach...
It wasn't until Monday afternoon that Press Secretary Jen Psaki finally acknowledged the threat posed to Supreme Court Justices by out-of-control pro-abotion activists, claiming that "judges perform an incredibly important function in our society, and they must be able to do their jobs without concern for their personal safety."
This is true, but it took Psaki an entire week to make any semblance of a definitive statement about the White House's position on this urgent matter. In fact, Psaki previously refused to discourage the targeting of Justices' homes when asked, insisting that pro-abortion groups were staging "peaceful protests" instead; she even failed to condemn the leak itself -- an unprecedented breach of trust and rejection of institutional norms that could permanently damage the standing of the court and its ability to function as an apolitical body.
And, of course, Joe Biden, himself, has been virtually silent on the matter, failing to effectively speak out against these riots and reassure the American people that those who seek to vandalize property and perpetrate violence will be held legally accountable for their actions by the Department of Justice.
This is entirely unacceptable behavior from a commander-in-chief, and as political allies like Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (rather ironically) incite insurrection by labeling the Supreme Court's pending decision a "call to arms," the American people must demand that Joe Biden clarify where he stands, and whose side he's really on.
The rule of law must be upheld and applied equally, and that means calling out radical anti-life rioters and ensuring there are consequences for their violent outbursts and destruction of property across the country.
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition calling on Joe Biden to condemn these rioters, and direct the U.S. Department of Justice to take action that will hold them accountable for their actions under the law.
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'‘Rise up, fight back’: Pro-abortion protesters descend upon Justice Alito’s house over imminent abortion ruling' (LifeSiteNews)
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It’s unclear whether the lawmakers will face any charges for their participation in the unlawful protest.
Business Insider reported that participants in the event had held up signs, repeated pro-abortion chants, and blocked traffic at an intersection close to the Supreme Court building.
Reporters at the scene said that Capitol Police officers had “escorted lawmakers away from the intersection to process their arrests,” the outlet reported.
In a tweet released shortly after the arrests, Capitol Police said that officers had arrested 34 protesters involved in the protest, including 16 members of Congress.