Multiple eyewitnesses reported that police arrested pro-abortion counter-protesters at the March for Life on Thursday afternoon in front of the Supreme Court.
A spokesperson for the D.C. Capitol Police confirmed that eight people had been arrested, though she could not confirm whether all of those arrested were pro-choice or if some pro-life activists had been arrested as well.
— M. Scott Mahaskey (@smahaskey) January 22, 2015
Lots of arrests in front of SCOTUS right now at #MarchForLife. And they aren't of the pro-lifers.
— Katie Yoder (@k_yoder) January 22, 2015
The pro-abortion rights protesters, appearing to number in the low hundreds, had blocked the path of the hundreds of thousands of anti-abortion marchers.
Holding signs advocating “Abortion on demand, without apology,” the pro-abortion rights protesters forced anti-abortion activists to take the sidewalks around them instead of continuing on the road.
It’s unclear what sparked the arrests, though TheBlaze observed a heavy police presence at the scene shortly prior to the reports of the arrests.
“Isn’t it about time you cleared this road?” TheBlaze heard one marcher asked the assembled police officers.
“That’s way above my pay grade,” one officer responded.
UPDATE: D.C. Capitol Police spokesperson Kimberly Schneider told TheBlaze that the eight arrested individuals were being charged with “Crowding, Obstructing, or Incommoding.” She could not immediately confirm whether all eight were with the pro-choice counter-protest.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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