Ocasio-Cortez Says Alabama’s Abortion Ban Is About ‘Owning Women’
The progressive lawmaker from New York shared her personal outrage about another state's decision
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) ran to Twitter to deliver her response to the signing by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey — a Republican — of the most restrictive reproductive legislation since 1973.
The Supreme Court decision permitting abortion nationwide was issued that year in Roe v. Wade.
Congress didn’t pass a law, by the way; the Roe decision was the high court’s opinion.
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted the following: “Abortion bans aren’t just about controlling women’s bodies; they’re about controlling women’s sexuality. Owning women. From limiting birth control to banning comprehensive sex ed, U.S. religious fundamentalists are working hard to outlaw sex that falls outside their theology,”
Abortion bans aren’t just about controlling women’s bodies.
They’re about controlling women’s sexuality. Owning women.
From limiting birth control to banning comprehensive sex ed, US religious fundamentalists are working hard to outlaw sex that falls outside their theology.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 16, 2019
“Ultimately, this is about women’s power,” she added.
“When women are in control of their sexuality, it threatens a core element underpinning right-wing ideology: patriarchy. It’s a brutal form of oppression to seize control of the one essential thing a person should command: their own body.”
Ultimately, this is about women’s power.
When women are in control of their sexuality, it threatens a core element underpinning right-wing ideology: patriarchy.
It’s a brutal form of oppression to seize control of the 1 essential thing a person should command: their own body.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 16, 2019
We don’t get the reactions of each of the other (more than 400) congressional members each time some law is passed in some other state. So why her “reaction”? The media need to relegate her to equal time with all of the other legislators in our nation.
Abortion restrictions are not oppression; this is called a balancing of rights. This is an issue for the Supreme Court, and it is a difficult one.
In my view, Roe will not be overturned. But there could be some limitations upheld as within constitutional boundaries. The challenge is setting that boundary.
A late-term procedure ban probably gets upheld. Narrow-time windows of as little as a few weeks probably will not be supported, as such narrow limits render the abortion rights from Row effectively illusory.
Could AOC please represent her constituents? The people in Alabama have their own representatives.
Each state is granted the right to set the laws within its own borders. A resident is freely able to move out or vote out representatives if they are not representing the population of the state.
Want cannabis? Gambling? Abortion? No income tax? Ability to purchase guns? College subsidy? Alcohol bans? Congrats — there’s a state somewhere for you. Find the state that fits your lifestyle.
Abortion should not be used as just another method of birth control. That said, choices come with consequences. As it stands now, if a woman wants to abort a baby, the father has no right to stop her. Conversely, if she chooses to keep the baby, the father also has no choice and must pay support that is ordered by the courts. If a woman wants the right to “choose,” then she should also bear sole responsibility for her choice, including any financial responsibilities.
It is not fair for a woman to choose to keep a baby over the father’s objections and then demand child support from that man. If the father wants to help, that is his choice — but when a woman makes her choice, then her decision should absolve the father of any legal responsibilities.
If the father chooses not to support the child, then he also loses parental rights over the child.
AOC will soon learn the rest of the country is in no way the same as New York.
While it does take two to make a baby, it only takes one to abort it, and that person should have to bear the weight of the choice on her own. AOC wants women to have the right to choose — yet they’d probably make it the responsibilities of the government pay for the procedures.
AOC will soon learn the rest of the country is in no way the same as New York. Our federal government survives only because each of our 50 states has individual approaches to modern problems. Before we take AOC seriously on any subject, let’s preface each statement with the number of U.S. citizens who voted for her.
While this gets worked out, enforcement will be blocked — correctly, in my view — by the courts.
For me, Alabama’s law goes a little too far. (I’d give a six-week post-rape window to get an abortion.) But Alabama is free to adopt the morally justifiable position that since life begins at conception, it cannot be intentionally killed.
This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.
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