New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) lashed out at the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade with their recent ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, saying that women are going to die and more children will live in poverty.
The New York Democrat took particular exception to the state of Arkansas for banning the large majority of abortions after the case was handed down, according to Fox News.
“This decision and this policy will kill people no matter what their spin and what their talking points are,” Ocasio-Cortez said on MSNBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday morning.
She was questioned by host Chuck Todd over Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson’s signature of a “trigger” law that outlawed all abortions in the state aside from those necessary to save a mother’s life. After the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe on Friday, the bill was signed.
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, 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,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
She continued by claiming that the state has a high rate of maternal death and that many kids there are living in poverty, saying, “forcing women to carry pregnancies against their will, will kill them.”
“The state of Arkansas and Governor Hutchinson governs over a state that has the third-highest maternal mortality in the United States. 71% 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.”
“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,” she continued.
Ocasio-Cortez referred to the Supreme Court’s decision from last Friday as “illegitimate,” and encouraged followers to protest abortion on “the streets.”
Last week’s decision came months after a first-draft leak of the document caused uproar across the nation from activists who claimed that there would be violent pushback if abortion was no longer protected by the federal government.
The Supreme Court handed back the decision about abortion rights to the states, some of whom have governors who have vowed to protect the right to kill unborn children, and some of whom have already moved to protect them.