Arizona Capitol Bunkering Down In Anticipation Of Further Pro-Abortion Protesters

Earlier this week, officials around the Arizona State Capitol stated that it will remain closed off with a double line of fencing and razor wire to block off and protect the area from any possible pro-abortion protesters.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) called in the Arizona National Guard in order to install razor wire to the already set up fencing in the wake of the destruction and rioting that flew through the capitol last Friday and Saturday. These protests took place because of the recent Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruling that effectively overturned the constitutional right to abortion, putting the power back in the hands of the states in regards to any and all abortion laws.

This past Friday evening, AZDPS estimated that about 8,000 pro-abortion protesters flooded the Arizona State Capitol Complex. Many of those in the mob tried to force their way into the Arizona State Capitol Complex. The Senate of Arizona was officially in session at that time working through a historic vote to try and universalize the school choice program for the state.

AZDPS explained that the strength of the mob was so great that it managed to shake the entire Senate building and bent the glass windows and doors. Protesters also managed to vandalize the assembled war memorials around the capitol complex. The Republicans of the Senate have estimated that current damages could exceed well over $10,000.

“The violence of their efforts literally shook the building and terrified citizens and lawmakers who occupied the building. As the glass doors bowed from attempts of forced entry, the occupants of the building were instructed to move to secure locations,” stated ACDPS via a report.

While inside the building, Arizona State Senator Michelle Ugenti-Rita (R-Scottsdale) watched the mob’s attempts to force their way into the Senate building.

Despite the mob’s efforts to try and break in and disrupt the legislative proceedings, the legislature adjourned sine die at around midnight on Saturday.

Another protest took place later that same Saturday; AZDPS did confirm that nine arrests were made over the course of the weekend.

Four were taken into custody for violent behavior and rioting: Hayes Dunn, 34; Kaitlin Auditor, 19; Taro Schmeeckle, 26; and Alex Pinon, 19.  One other person, Aiden Starkey, was taken in for vandalism. Another four were also taken in for failing to produce ID: Kyla Ford, 20; Taylor Calderson, 20; Sage Myers, 19; and Brianna Ford, 19. It was reported by Fox News that charges were later officially dismissed for 8 of the 9 people, but there has been no specification given as to which charges were dismissed.

As of writing, it is still entirely unclear as to whether or not Arizona plans to impose a total abortion ban of its own. Leaders for the state have two separate laws that they could possibly enforce.

Before the Roe v. Wade decision back in 1973, Arizona did have a total ban on abortion except in cases when the life of the mother was at risk.

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