|I wonder if they covered their faces so that their mothers wouldn't know what they were doing?|
The law requires that any women seeking an abortion have an abdominal ultrasound - which she must pay for - prior to having the abortion. The original bill required an ultrasound to determine the gestational age of the fetus. Apparently the proponents did not know/understand that in the first trimester a traditional abdominal ultrasound does not work to determine fetal age. The only way to accomplish that is a trans-vaginal ultrasound. That is, an ultrasound probe that is inserted thru the vagina. After a demonstration last week, that requirement was dropped, and the abdominal procedure ("jelly on the belly") specified.
A second law that would have given "personhood" to a fertilized egg was tabled until next year.
Apparently those protesters who were arrested had seated themselves on the steps of the Capital - silently - and failed to leave when asked by Capital Police to do so. At that point riot police with tear gas and rifles were called in to establish "order".