AOC breaks down basic biology after Abbott’s response to rape abortion
- Texas Governor Greg Abbott said women who were raped had six weeks to have an abortion.
- AOC said Abbott lacked basic biology knowledge and that six weeks means two weeks behind in a period.
- She explained that things like stress and diet can delay a person’s period.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s response to abortion for those who had been raped “disgusting”.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Abbott said Texas’ restrictive abortion law, which prohibits abortions after six weeks, would not require a rape victim to bring her abuser’s child to term, because he would strive to “eliminate all rapists” from the state.
To a journalist’s question “Why force a rape or incest victim to carry a pregnancy to term?” The governor responded by saying that rape victims had “at least six weeks” to have an abortion.
In response, Ocasio-Cortez told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that Abbott lacked basic knowledge of biology.
“I don’t know if he knows the body of a person who is menstruating. In fact, I know he does not know the body of a woman or a person who is menstruating because it is. he knew it, he would know you haven’t got six weeks. “
—Anderson Cooper 360 ° (@ AC360) September 8, 2021
Ocasio-Cortez added that she apologized for having to announce “Biology 1o1 on national television, but in case no one has informed her before in her life, a six week pregnancy means two weeks late. for your period “.
“Two weeks late on your period for any person, anyone with a menstrual cycle can happen if you’re stressed, if your diet changes, or for no real reason. So you don’t have six. weeks, ”she said. added.
According to Planned Parenthood, 85 to 90 percent of Texans who have an abortion are at least six weeks pregnant.
In his response to the question of forcing those who had been raped to carry their abuser’s baby to term, Abbott also said he would “eliminate all rapists” in Texas.
“Let’s be clear: rape is a crime,” Abbott said when signing a major GOP electoral reform bill. “And Texas will work around the clock to make sure we take all the rapists off the streets of Texas by aggressively getting out and stopping them and chasing them and getting them off the streets.”
He added, “So the number one goal in the state of Texas is to eliminate rape so that no woman, no person is victimized.”
Ocasio-Cortez said the governor’s statement failed to recognize that the majority of those raped or sexually assaulted knew or knew their attackers.
The National Institute of Justice found that in 85% to 90% of sexual assaults reported by female students, women knew the perpetrator.
“It’s not just predators walking the streets at night. It’s people’s uncles. They’re teachers, they’re family friends and when something like that happens, you have to first very long for a victim to show up, “Ocasio-Cortex told Cooper.
She added that many people who have been sexually assaulted might not be ready to come forward or take their case to court immediately after an assault and said some of these “anti-choice” laws are being passed by people. having misogynistic beliefs.
“It’s awful, and he speaks of such a place of deep ignorance,” she said. “It is not just ignorance. It is ignorance that is hurting people all over the country.”