Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has condemned Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) defense of his state’s extreme abortion law as “disgusting.”
Abbott on Tuesday dismissed concerns the ban on abortions after six weeks after conception would force rape or incest victims to carry their pregnancies to term by saying they had at least six weeks to get an abortion and he would “work tirelessly to make sure we eliminate all rapists from the streets of Texas.”
Ocasio-Cortez, talking to CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday night, suggested Abbott was “not familiar with a female or menstruating person’s body” because if he was “he would know that you don’t have six weeks.”
“I’m sorry we have to break down biology 101 on national television, but in case no one has informed him before in his life, six weeks pregnant means two weeks late for your period,” she continued. “And two weeks late on your period for any person, any person with a menstrual cycle, can happen if you’re stressed, if your diet changes, or for really no reason at all. So, you don’t have six weeks.”
Ocasio-Cortez also called out the way in which Abbott has talked about “going after rapists” and “getting rapists off the streets,” pointing out that the majority of perpetrators of sexual assault are known to their victims.
“These aren’t just predators that are walking around the streets at night,” she said. “They are people’s uncles. They are teachers, They are family friends and when something like that happens it takes a very long time, first of all, for any victim to come forward.”
“It’s awful, and he speaks from such a place of deep ignorance,” Ocasio-Cortez added of Abbott. “And it’s not just ignorance. It’s ignorance that’s hurting people across this country.”
Watch the interview here:
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