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Women disrupt start of Supreme Court oral argument to protest Dobbs decision


As oral argument began in the Supreme Court on Wednesday, several women rose from their seats inside the courtroom to voice their opposition to this summer’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

The courtroom is open to the public again after the Covid-19 pandemic, and the women were seated at the back of the courtroom.

“I respectfully rise to denounce Dobbs,” said the first woman to rise. “Women, vote! She was taken out of the courtroom by security.

Another woman stood up seconds later to say, “The right to be chosen will not be taken away. Women, vote for your right to choose.

A third rose soon after: “We will restore our right to choose. Women of America, vote!

The Supreme Court was hearing a case about the scope of the Bank Secrecy Act. None of the judges responded or acknowledged the protesters

A Supreme Court spokesman said the three men had been arrested and charged.

“Three individuals were arrested this morning and charged with violation of 40 USC § 6134 (making “a harangue or oration, or a speech delivered[ing] strong, threatening, or abusive language in the Supreme Court Building”) and Rule 5, and violating 18 USC § 1507 (demonstrating with intent to interfere with the administration of justice or with intent to influence a judge in the performance of his or her duties). or duty),” the spokesperson said in a statement.

This story has been updated with additional details.


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