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.”
WATCH: @RepAOC (D-N.Y.) responds to Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.) and Arkansas’ abortion ban.
“This decision and this policy will kill people no matter what their spin and what their talking points are.” pic.twitter.com/ewGWtOcg7h
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) June 26, 2022
“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.
ABC's Terry Moran says 'women will die' because of Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade https://t.co/frHTusF15X
— Fox News (@FoxNews) June 26, 2022
“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:
Abortion, which is lifesaving in cases of miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, etc, will now be illegal in many states & even criminal in some & women will die as a result of this decision. So don't tell me you're pro-life.
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) June 24, 2022
I just want to be really clear about something. Abortions will still happen whether it's illegal or not. The difference is that more women will die because they won't be safe, and it will fall hardest on poor women + women of color. We must fight this with everything we’ve got.
— John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) June 25, 2022
It’s not about the election. Women are going to die between now and November. Some will die from medical issues like ectopic pregnancies or other complications. This is active, ongoing violence that does not operate on an election timeline. The crisis is now.
— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) June 25, 2022
Women will die.
— Outspoken™️ (@Out5p0ken) June 24, 2022
Dear Senator, You feel misled? Women feel betrayed…by you. There was an entire segment of the population telling you this was going to be the outcome of those SC choices, and you would not listen. Are you going to die because of this? No. But women will.
— Tia Will (@medwoman1) June 25, 2022
Women will die because they fight back in New York too
— Paul in GA (@paul_in_ga) June 26, 2022
Do Pro-Lifers think abortion began with Roe? Wake up! And next will be contraception ? No birth control whatsoever? This isn’t going to stop abortion. It’s going to bring it underground and dangerous. Women will die. And babies will suffer. It’s too horrible to grasp.
— 💙 Liberal 💙 is a compliment! (@LadyBlueInCA) June 26, 2022
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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