‘It will kill people’: AOC echoes media talking points in denouncing Arkansas ban on abortions

In yet another display of hyperbolic hysteria from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the New York lawmaker pointed to child poverty levels in the state of Arkansas as justification for her outrage over the reversal of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court.

Following the official release of the Supreme Court decision, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed into law a so-called “trigger” statute, set up in anticipation of the ruling, which bans abortions unless it is necessary to save a mother’s life.

Asked by CNN’s “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd to comment on Hutchinson’s legislation, Ocasio-Cortez claimed, “it will kill people.”

“I couldn’t disagree more with Governor Hutchinson,” she said, “but I think what’s really important is honing in on this idea that the… the governor and the Republican Party, and frankly, the Republican legislature in Arkansas, cares about the life of a woman and the life of a mother.

“The state of Arkansas and Governor Hutchinson governs over a state that has the third-highest maternal mortality in the United States,” she continued. “Seventy-one percent of the women who die are black women as well. This is a state that has 26% child poverty, where one-in-four children are… living in poverty in the state of Arkansas.”

“Forcing women to carry pregnancies against their will kill them,” she stated confidently. “It will kill them. Especially in the state of Arkansas, where there is very little to no support for life after birth, in terms of healthcare, in terms of childcare, and in terms of combating poverty. This decision and this policy will kill people no matter what their spin and what their talking points are.”

It’s an interesting take, not so much for its substance, but because over on ABC, senior correspondent Terry Moran was saying, nearly word-for-word, the exact same thing, according to Fox News.

“This is the most consequential Supreme Court decision in decades,” he said on “This Week.” “It changes the status of American women as citizens of the United States and as citizens of their states.”

“That’s the big picture,” he continued, “but let’s not mince words. Women will die because of this ruling.”

And on Twitter, search “women will die” and you come  up with:

And on, and on, and on…

Why, it’s almost as though AOC’s comments weren’t an original thought at all, but merely another Sunday-scheduled “talking point.”


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