FederalTexas Congresswoman Arrested at Pro-Choice Protest at U.S. Supreme Court

Capitol Police arrested Veronica Escobar of El Paso along with 16 other Democrats for blocking traffic during the protest.
July 20, 2022
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U.S. Representative Veronica Escobar (D-El Paso) was arrested on Tuesday, July 19 at a pro-choice protest at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

“Today, Congresswoman Escobar was arrested in front of the Supreme Court for proudly standing in defense of abortion access and reproductive freedom,” posted Escobar’s official Twitter account.

According to a tweet from the U.S. Capitol Police at 1:17 p.m. on July 19, 34 people, including 16 members of Congress, were arrested.

CNN reported that the members of Congress went from the Capitol to the Supreme Court building, which has been fenced off since the draft majority opinion for Dobbs v. Jackson, the case that overturned Roe v. Wade, was leaked in May. The protesters chanted while sitting in the street.

The Capitol Police explained on Twitter that the protesters were “starting to block First Street, NE” including traffic, which is against the law, and issued a “standard three warnings” before starting to make arrests.

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The account tweeted a correction at 2:35 p.m., noting that 35 were arrested including 17 members of Congress.

According to the Texas Tribune, another Texan Congresswoman, U.S. Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-Houston), also attended the protest but was not arrested.

Several hours after her first tweet about the arrest, Escobar tweeted that her “colleagues and I made #GoodTrouble” and included a statement on the situation. 

She wrote, “[I]n the face of unprecedented attacks on abortion access and reproductive justice, like the draconian laws and anti woman-agenda we are seeing from the Texas state legislature, Governor Abbott, and the Supreme Court, I joined several of my colleagues in front of the highest court in the land to make good trouble.”

“My arrest today for civil disobedience was a small act in the centuries-long battle to ensure every woman has the freedom to make personal decisions with those they love and trust without politicians trying to control them. We stand on the shoulders of giants whose struggle against injustice everywhere lights the way forward: the fight didn’t start here, and it’s far from over.”

The other 16 members of Congress who were arrested, of whom 15 are women and all are Democrats, include:

  • Alma Adams, North Carolina
  • Cori Bush, Missouri
  • Katherine Clark, Massachusetts
  • Madeleine Dean, Pennsylvania
  • Sara Jacobs, California
  • Barbara Lee, California
  • Andy Levin, Michigan
  • Carolyn Maloney, New York
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York
  • Ilhan Omar, Minnesota
  • Ayanna Pressley, Massachusetts
  • Jan Schakowsky, Illinois
  • Jackie Speier, California
  • Rashida Tlaib, Michigan
  • Nydia Velázquez, New York
  • Bonnie Watson Coleman, New Jersey

The Texan reached out to Escobar’s office for comment but received no additional information beyond the representative’s public statement.

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Rob Laucius

Rob Laucius is the Assistant Editor of The Texan. A Texas native, he graduated summa cum laude from Hillsdale College in 2022 with a degree in History and has interned for the U.S. House of Representatives and Veterans Administration. In his free time, Rob enjoys reading and writing, watching movies, and long walks around his neighborhood.