At the start of oral arguments at the Supreme Court on Wednesday, several women rose out of their seats inside the courtroom to voice their opposition to this summer’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade.
The courtroom is once again open to the public after the Covid-19 pandemic, and the women were seated at the back of the courtroom.
“I respectfully rise to denounce Dobbs,” the first woman who rose said. “Women, vote!” She was taken away from the courtroom by security.
Another woman rose seconds later to say: “The right to be choose will not be taken away. Women, vote for your right to choose.”
A third rose shortly thereafter: “We will restore our right to choose. Women of America, vote!”
The Supreme Court was hearing a case on the scope of the Bank Secrecy Act. None of the justices responded or acknowledged the protestors
A Supreme Court spokesperson said the three were arrested and charged.
“Three individuals were arrested this morning and charged with violation of Title 40 USC § 6134 (making “a harangue or oration, or utter[ing] loud, threatening, or abusive language in the Supreme Court Building”) and Regulation 5, and with violating 18 USC § 1507 (demonstrating with the intent of interfering with the administration of justice or with the intent of influencing a judge in the discharge of his or her duty),” the spokesperson said in a statement.
This story has been updated with additional details.