Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14), Co-Chair of the Democratic Women’s Caucus, led a group of 17 Members of Congress in an act of civil disobedience in protest of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling gutting abortion rights. Rep. Speier and her colleagues were arrested by U.S. Capitol Police for DC Code 22-1307, which bars crowding, obstructing, or incommoding.
“I have never been arrested before, but I can hear the late, great Congressman John Lewis imploring me to ‘make some noise and get in good trouble,’ ” Rep. Speier said. “We must be willing to speak out for patients who have the right to basic health care, and the fundamental right to bodily autonomy. We must take a stand for the women and girls, including 10-year-old rape victims, who are being denied care and are forced to flee their home states because extremists that have taken over the Supreme Court are pushing a religious, political, and personal agenda. We must continue to speak out and be arrested so that people of color and poor patients, who are the most impacted by this draconian and misogynistic decision, aren’t left to bleed out from common complications that medical providers are too scared to treat because of the threat of litigation, not to mention death threats to them and their families. Women, girls, LGTBQ+ people, families, and more are counting on us to fight back now and every day until the Dobbs decision is relegated to the dustbin of history where it belongs.”