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Democrat who authored abortion rights bill arrested at rally near Supreme Court

The House Democrat who introduced a bill last year to enshrine abortion rights into federal law was among more than 180 protesters who were arrested Thursday at a pro-abortion rights rally near the Supreme Court.

Rep. Judy Chu of California was participating in a civil disobedience rally on Capitol grounds, “where she was subsequently arrested alongside other activists,” her office said in a news release.

A spokesperson for Chu, describing the demonstration as a “sit-in,” said she was arrested around 1 p.m., adding that she was the only member of Congress at the rally.

Chu tweeted: “The decision to march today was easy—I came out to march for the young rape survivor, the woman who cannot afford to travel to another state to access critical care, the mother with an ectopic pregnancy whose life is in danger. I came out to march for all of us.”

U.S. Capitol Police said on Twitter that they arrested 181 people for illegally blocking an intersection near the Capitol and the Supreme Court.

NBC News has asked Capitol Police for comment.

The rally was led by several abortion rights activist groups, including the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the Center for Popular Democracy and the Working Families Party.

Chu introduced the Women’s Health Protection Act in September after the Supreme Court allowed a new Texas law banning most abortions to remain in place.

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