As prominent figures on the left continue to express their often-sinister rage over the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) found herself among those taken into police custody during a Thursday protest in Washington, D.C., as Fox News reports.
According to the outlet, Chu was part of a group of demonstrators who overtook an intersection between the Court and the Capitol, and she – along with 180 other protesters – was arrested by U.S. Capitol Police after failing to heed warnings to disperse.
“We arrested 181 people for Crowding, Obstructing or Incommoding (DC Code 22-1307) for blocking the intersection of Constitution Avenue, NE and First Street, NE,” a statement from the Capitol police read, according to The Hill.
Speaking to the outlet about her willingness to engage in public protest, Chu declared, “When I first heard Roe was overturned, I immediately thought of who would be most harmed by this decision: a young girl who is a survivor of rape, a woman who cannot afford to travel to another state to access critical care, an expecting mother with an ectopic pregnancy whose life is in danger because she cannot have an abortion.”
“So, when I think of all these women – and more – the decision to join in a peaceful demonstration to make clear we will not allow the clock to be rolled back on abortion rights was easy. We are in this together and we will not back down or be silenced,” Chu added.
Not content to allow the fight over abortion to head to the individual states, where a majority of the high court ruled it belongs, Chu continued, “I am ramping up my calls to abolish the Senate filibuster – and actively exploring every option to ensure we pass my bill, the Women’s Health Protection Act, which establishes a federal right to abortion care, and have it signed into law.”
Chu’s demand for an end to the filibuster found support on Thursday from none other than President Joe Biden himself, who said he backs a rule carveout designed to facilitate codification of a federal right to abortion, as The Hill reported separately.
“The most important thing to be clear about is I believe we have to codify Roe v. Wade in the law, and the way to do that is to make sure the Congress votes to do that,” said Biden, adding, “[a]nd if the filibuster gets in the way, it’s like voting rights, it should be we provide an exception for this, requiring an exception to the filibuster for this action to deal with the Supreme Court decision.”
However, as ABC News explains, such a move would require the agreement of Democrat Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) and Joe Manchin (WV), and the former has not signaled any change in her ongoing opposition to altering the filibuster rules, and no adjustment to the latter’s position appears imminent either, rendering the proposition – at least for now – essentially moot.