Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks out against 'horrifying' abortion bans: 'This is about women's power'

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FILE - In this Wednesday, April 10, 2019, file photo, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., listens during a House Financial Services Committee hearing with leaders of major banks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Tom Ferrall, chairman of the Ohio College Republican Federation and a senior at the University of Dayton, has apologized for a fundraising email that referred to Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a “domestic terrorist.” (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)FILE - In this Wednesday, April 10, 2019, file photo, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., listens during a House Financial Services Committee hearing with leaders of major banks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Tom Ferrall, chairman of the Ohio College Republican Federation and a senior at the University of Dayton, has apologized for a fundraising email that referred to Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as a “domestic terrorist.” (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is among those slamming new abortion legislation. (Photo: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="A new wave of&nbsp;abortion&nbsp;legislation in Georgia and&nbsp;Alabama&nbsp;— with the latter state&nbsp;ruling out exemptions for cases of rape or incest&nbsp;— has prompted outrage and calls to action from those who support abortion rights.&nbsp;Alyssa Milano&nbsp;has&nbsp;urged women to go on a sex strike&nbsp;in protest,&nbsp;Busy Philipps&nbsp;is encouraging those who, like her, have had an abortion to share their stories and activists are calling for donations to support organizations like Planned Parenthood and The Yellowhammer Fund.” data-reactid=”22″>A new wave of abortion legislation in Georgia and Alabama — with the latter state ruling out exemptions for cases of rape or incest — has prompted outrage and calls to action from those who support abortion rights. Alyssa Milano has urged women to go on a sex strike in protest, Busy Philipps is encouraging those who, like her, have had an abortion to share their stories and activists are calling for donations to support organizations like Planned Parenthood and The Yellowhammer Fund.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="While&nbsp;Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez&nbsp;has spoken out against abortion restrictions in the past, the freshman congresswoman posted two tweets late Wednesday night decrying the new bans. The lawmaker took aim at “U.S. religious fundamentalists,” accusing them of trying to “own” women by “controlling women’s bodies” and “controlling women’s sexuality.”” data-reactid=”23″>While Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has spoken out against abortion restrictions in the past, the freshman congresswoman posted two tweets late Wednesday night decrying the new bans. The lawmaker took aim at “U.S. religious fundamentalists,” accusing them of trying to “own” women by “controlling women’s bodies” and “controlling women’s sexuality.”

She went on to blast the abortion legislation as a “brutal form of oppression” that undermines “women’s power.”

Her remarks divided commenters. Many agreed with her feminist take.

Per usual, however, critics also had something to say. Anti-abortion commenters rushed to condemn Ocasio-Cortez’s statements.

“Our control over our bodies doesn’t equal the right to kill a child,” anti-abortion activist Lila Rose responded. “My sexual choices do not include a choice to kill.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Earlier on Wednesday, Ocasio-Cortez called Alabama’s new Human Life Protection Act —&nbsp;signed that day by Gov. Kay Ivey — “horrifying.”” data-reactid=”40″>Earlier on Wednesday, Ocasio-Cortez called Alabama’s new Human Life Protection Act — signed that day by Gov. Kay Ivey — “horrifying.”

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