Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib Statement on Taking Arrest in Front of Supreme Court in Support of Abortion Rights
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) released the following statement regarding being arrested at an action in support of abortion access and reproductive freedom in front of the United States Supreme Court:
“Civil disobedience has always been part of our history and fight for change. This moment and the fight for women’s and reproductive rights calls for it.
“Moving with urgency is what my residents are demanding. The unhinged minority far-right continues to strip us of our civil rights and liberties, so I joined my colleagues and advocates to call for swift action to not only ensure nationwide access to abortion care and reproductive health care as rights.
“It must not be lost that while we took arrest today, those who can become pregnant and their health care providers face much graver dangers, including arrest but also violence, in states across this country. The fundamentalist far-right will not stop with the criminalization of our bodies. Last week, House Democrats took action to protect the right to travel as health care providers and patients are being targeted for seeking and performing safe and legal abortions. The fight is far from over and we must push forward with bold action to protect and preserve our rights. We won’t back down.”