Pro-abortion activists tried to break into the Arizona Capitol late Friday after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, forcing state senators to move to a secure location amid fears of an “insurrection.”
State Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita, R-Scottsdale, told Fox & Friends First that she grabbed a pair of scissors to defend herself as the angry crowd banged on the windows and doors of the building.
“They were screaming there, they weren’t stopping, they had to be stopped,” Ugenti-Rita said. “And the sad part is when you exercise your displeasure, your despair, your dissatisfaction in that way, your message is lost, and we keep seeing more and more events where people think they can vandalize property, they can intimidate and scare you and hurt you.”
The state Senate was in session when the pro-abortion protest broke out in Phoenix in response to the Supreme Court ruling. According to Townhall, state Senate leaders called a recess and put lawmakers on lockdown; and police used teargas to quell the angry protesters.
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In the midst of the chaos, state Sen. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, wrote a message on Twitter explaining what was happening inside the Capitol.
“We are currently there being held hostage inside the Senate building due to members of the public trying to breach our security…” Townsend wrote. “We smell tear gas and the children of one of the members are in the office sobbing with fear.”
A video shows pro-abortion protesters banging on the windows and doors, trying to break into the building.
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Arizona Senate leaders thanked police for stopping the attempted “insurrection” Friday night.
“We are incredibly thankful for our local law enforcement who quickly intervened during what could have been a destructive and dangerous situation …” Arizona Senate President Karen Fann said in a statement. “Violence is never the answer, and we will not camouflage what was a blatant attempt at an insurrection as a ‘rally’ or ‘peaceful protest.’”
Fann urged all state lawmakers to condemn the attacks.
Violence broke out across the United States over the weekend after the Supreme Court issued its decision on the Mississippi abortion case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. In a historic ruling, the justices overturned Roe and allowed states to protect unborn babies from abortion again. Ten already have done so, and more states, including Arizona, are expected to enact pro-life laws in the coming weeks.
“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the majority.
Abortion activists responded with outrage, and violence broke out during pro-abortion protests across the country. In Los Angeles, an abortion activist is facing attempted murder charges after allegedly trying to burn a police officer with a flamethrower. A Colorado pregnancy center also was set on fire – the seventh arson against a pro-life office in a month – and other pro-life organizations, businesses and buildings were vandalized with pro-abortion graffiti.
While pro-abortion leftists engage in violence, pro-life advocates have been working overtime to protect babies.
Texas and Oklahoma had banned abortions before Roe was overturned and Missouri became the first state after Roe to protect babies from abortions and South Dakota became the 2nd. Then Arkansas became the third state protecting babies from abortions and Kentucky became the 4th and Louisiana became the 5th and Ohio became the 6th and Utah became the 7th and Oklahoma became the 8th. Mississippi and Alabama became the ninth and tenth over the weekend.
Ultimately, as many as 26 states could immediately or quickly ban abortions and protect babies from certain death for the first time in nearly 50 years.
Polling data shows a majority of Americans are pro-life and oppose what Roe v. Wade did by allowing abortion on demand, in some states, up to birth.