U.S. Capitol Police arrested four people Friday during a protest against a ban on all government funding for abortions in D.C.
More than a dozen protestors stood in the eastbound lanes of
Independence Avenue SW in front of the Longworth House office building, blocking traffic and forcing motorists to veer into the westbound lanes.
The four, including Occupy D.C. hunger strike participant Adrian Parsons, were the only protestors who remained in the roadway after repeated police warnings. They were arrested on charges of blocking a passage on the U.S. Capitol grounds.
Several dozen protesters had gathered in front of Longworth to protest the ban, which was included in the nearly $1 trillion “omnibus” budget bill Congressional leaders agreed to last night to prevent the federal government from shutting down at midnight tonight. The House is set to vote on the bill today, with the Senate following afterward.