SaharaReporters also confirmed this on the verified social media accounts of Ilhan Omar.

“Today I was arrested in a civil disobedience action at the Supreme Court to protest Roe v Wade getting overturned and the assault on reproductive rights across the country.

“I will do whatever it takes, including putting my body on the line, to protect our fundamental rights,” she posted.

The protest was against the recent ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court case that had found the Constitution protected a woman’s right to an abortion. In the wake of the ruling, many states enacted laws with stringent restrictions or bans on abortions.

SaharaReporters had reported that the US Supreme Court overturned its 50-year-old Roe v Wade decision.

With the decision, millions of women in the country will lose their constitutional right to abortion, a right that Supreme Court itself previously granted them.

On Friday, June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court overturned two historic decisions it made in the past, Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey (1992).

The decisions had respectively established and affirmed a constitutional right for women to obtain an abortion.

The judgement paves the way for states in the US to ban abortion. Thirteen states have already passed so-called trigger laws to automatically outlaw abortion, BBC reports, while half are expected to introduce new restrictions or bans.

Meanwhile, President Joe Biden described it as “a tragic error” and urged states to enact laws to allow the procedure.

After the ruling, abortion access is expected to be cut off for about 36 million women of reproductive age, according to research from Planned Parenthood, a healthcare organisation that provides abortions.

Senator Cory Booker, who is the first African-American US senator from New Jersey, described Friday as “heartbreaking” following the Supreme Court judgement.

“This is a heartbreaking day. The hurt of too many is inexpressible. The pain and the fear and the grief and anger, and the outrage, and outrage, and outrage,” he said in a statement. 

However, Senator Booker said despite the setback, people should lose hope.


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