Ocasio-Cortez Slams 'Heartbeat' Abortion Bill, Refers to it as 'Backdoor Ban'
'Fetal heartbeat bill' signed by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp on Tuesday
The “fetal heartbeat bill” was signed by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp on Tuesday, and will now make it illegal to have an abortion if a heartbeat is detected in an embryo.
The heartbeat is usually detected at around six weeks.
But Ocasio-Cortez slammed the bill on Twitter:
“‘6 weeks pregnant’ = 2 weeks late on your period,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Tuesday.
“Most of the men writing these bills don’t know the first thing about a woman’s body outside of the things they want from it. It’s relatively common for a woman to have a late period + not be pregnant.
"So this is a backdoor ban,” she concluded.
Both Georgia and Tennessee passed the “fetal heartbeat bill” in March.
The two states were part of a move by s Republican House lawmakers to make stricter abortion restrictions.
Fetal heartbeats are able to be detected via ultrasound, sometimes as early as six weeks into the pregnancy.
According to The Washington Post, many conservative states have signed similar bills to push the issue back in front of the Supreme Court.
“6 weeks pregnant” = 2 weeks late on your period.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 8, 2019
Most of the men writing these bills don’t know the first thing about a woman’s body outside of the things they want from it. It’s relatively common for a woman to have a late period + not be pregnant.
So this is a backdoor ban. https://t.co/xWd9GAj51b
Another fifteen states have passed or are meeting to pass bans on the procedure.
Ocasio-Cortez argued that the Georgia bill would leave women with having little possibility of having an abortion in time.
“For context, this kicks in within days of a typical at-home test working,” she wrote.
“If you were sexually assaulted (stress delays cycle), took a morning-after pill (throws off cycle), or have an irregular cycle, you‘d have no idea.
“There are a TON of ways this law ignores basic biology,” she added.
Back in February, a Poll revealed that almost half of all Americans oppose abortion and consider themselves "pro-life," according to Marist.
The poll showed 47 percent of Americans said they were as "pro-life" while 47 percent "pro-choice."
According to a survey taken February following amid reports of states legalizing abortion up until birth, the climactic shift was led by Democrats and those under 45 years old.
"In a substantial, double-digit shift," according to the poll, Americans are now as likely to identify as pro-life (47 percent) as pro-choice (47 percent).