UPDATED 5:10 PM PT – Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Tensions escalate as oral arguments conclude in high-stakes Mississippi abortion Supreme Court case.
On Wednesday, Capitol Police arrested demonstrators for blocking traffic and protesting in prohibited areas. Meanwhile, advocates for the pro-life movement said this day could be a game changer.
“So, today is very special to us because for the first time in so many years, we think that there’s a possibility of abortion returning to the legislative branches in the states. So, for us to march past this place every January is very significant and today feels a little bit different, so we’ll see how that goes,” said March for Life President Jeanne Mancini.
We have given the demonstrators three warnings and are now arresting them for violating DC Code § 22–1307- Crowding, Obstructing or Incommoding in an area where protesting is prohibited.
This does not affect the lawful demonstrators who are in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.
— U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) December 1, 2021
Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is the first case in nearly 50 years to challenge Roe v. Wade, and would ban abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
According to the Associated Press, the conservative majority have suggested they may uphold the ban, which could pave the way to sweeping changes to limit abortion rights in the country.