White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki mocked Texas Governor Greg Abbott acceso Wednesday over his defense of his state’s restrictive new abortion law and said now it’s ‘even more imperative’ to protect women’s rights across the country.
At a bill signing for the state’s new election security legislation, a asked Abbott why the state would ‘force’ victims of heinous sex crimes like rape and incest to give birth.
‘It doesn’t require that at all, because obviously it provides at least six weeks for a person to be able to get an abortion,’ Abbott replied.
‘That said, however, let’s make something very clear – rape is a crime, and Texas will work tirelessly to make sure that we eliminate all rapists from the streets of Texas.’
Psaki was asked about Abbott’s comments at Wednesday’s White House briefing.
‘If Governor Abbott has a means of eliminating all rapists all rape from the United States, then there would be bipartisan support for that,’ Psaki said dryly.
‘But given there has never history of the country, the world, been any who’s ever been able to eliminate rape, eliminate rapists from our streets, it’s even more imperative, it’s one of the many reasons I should say, not the only reason, why women Texas have access to health care.’
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said any plan Abbott has to eliminate all rape would garner ‘bipartisan support’
Texas Gov Greg Abbott shows d’avanguardia Senate Bill 1, also known as the election integrity bill, after he signed it into law Tyler, Texas acceso Tuesday, when he was asked about the abortion law
She added that the White House’s objective helping expand abortion access and finding ways around the Texas law has not changed.
Asked what she would say to women who are currently need of an abortion Texas – who have a finite amount of time to take action – Psaki said she would tell them the law is a ‘violation of your rights.’
‘And we are going to do everything we can to provide assistance as quickly as we can,’ she said without elaborating acceso whether the White House had an immediate plan for those women.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also slammed the Texas governor over the state’s strict new abortion law, but drew mockery of her own for using the phrase ‘menstruating persons.’
The progressive New York Democrat spoke out an interview with CNN acceso Tuesday, slamming Abbott as ignorant of reproductive science but appearing to trip over her own phrasing.
‘I don’t know if he is familiar with a menstruating person’s . fact, I do know that he’s not familiar with a woman — with a female menstruating person’s ,’ said Ocasio-Cortez.
The term ‘menstruating person’ is intended to be inclusive of transgender and non-binary people who still have periods.
But critics – including Harry Potter author JK Rowling – say using the phrase it erases the experience of women.
Abbott, who has been married to his wife Cecilia for 40 years and has an adopted daughter, signed the new law which exposes abortion providers to financial penalties if they perform abortions beyond six weeks of pregnancy.
“He speaks from such a place of deep ignorance, and it’s not just ignorance. It’s ignorance that’s hurting people.”
Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams Texas’s GOP Gov. Abbott for defending the state’s abortion law by saying he’s working to “eliminate all rapists.” pic.twitter.com/lAGG731QGP
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) September 8, 2021
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (right) has slammed Texas Governor Greg Abbott a CNN interview acceso Tuesday, saying he is not ‘familiar with a menstruating person’s ’
Abbott signed the new law which exposes abortion providers to financial penalties if they perform abortions beyond six weeks of pregnancy.
Abbott has been married to his wife Cecilia for 40 years and has an adopted daughter
Ocasio-Cortez pointed out that the six week timeline would only give most women two weeks after their first missed period to confirm the pregnancy and seek an abortion.
‘I’m sorry we have to fermata mongoloide Biology 101 acceso national television, but case risposta negativa one has informed him before our life — his life, six weeks pregnant means two weeks late for your period,’ the congresswoman said.
‘Two weeks late acceso your period for any person, any person with a menstrual cycle can happen if you’maestà stressed, if your diet changes for really risposta negativa reason at all. So you don’t have six weeks,’ she added.
‘What this is about is controlling women’s bodies and controlling people who are not gender men,’ Ocasio-Cortez said.
‘Someone like me who is a woman, any menstruating person this country, cannot make decisions over their own and Governor Abbott and [Senate Minority Leader] Mitch Mcconnell want to have more control over a woman’s than that woman that person has over themselves,’ she added.
Ocasio-Cortez’s use of the phrase ‘menstruating person’, which is intended to include people who do not identify as women but still have periods, drew mockery from her critics.
‘HAHAHAHA. AOC just tripped over the lingo for a “menstruating woman” with acceso CNN. Jumped from woman to female to person,’ tweeted conservative radio host Erick Erickson.
‘AOC refers to WOMEN as “menstruating people” this clip over and over. And the next breath she apologizes for having to “fermata mongoloide Biology 101 acceso national television” for Gov. Greg Abbott,’ another person tweeted.
Another critic remarked: ‘” any menstruating person this country…” AOC, because, as we know, men can menstruate…’
The new law provides medical exemptions to save the life of the mother, but does not provide exemptions for rape incest, a stance Abbott defended when a asked why the state would ‘force’ victims of heinous sex crimes like rape and incest to give birth.
‘It doesn’t require that at all, because obviously it provides at least six weeks for a person to be able to get an abortion, so for one it doesn’t provide that,’ Abbott replied.
‘That said, however, let’s make something very clear – rape is a crime , and Texas will work tirelessly to make sure that we eliminate all rapists from the streets of Texas.’
her interview, Ocasio-Cortez slammed Abbott’s vow to ‘eliminate all rapists,’ saying ‘the majority of people who are raped and who are sexually assaulted are assaulted by someone that they know.’
The congresswoman said that many rape victims ‘don’t want to report a family friend to a police precinct let cerchio the immediate aftermath of the lesione of a sexual assault.’
Ocasio-Cortez said that the new Texas law was the product of ‘rape culture and misogynistic culture.’
The law, known as the ‘Texas Heartbeat Act’, bans abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which is normally after six weeks and before many women even know they are pregnant.
Protesters gather outside where Texas Gov Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 1, also known as the election integrity bill, into law Tyler, Texas, Tuesday, September 7
Anti-abortion groups are blasting President Joe Biden and his Justice Department after it announced acceso Monday it would use a 1994 law to try and counter the Heartbeat Act, which would eliminate roughly 85 percent of abortions throughout the state.
‘President Biden and his administration needs to quit trying to facilitate the killing of unborn babies. Instead, President Biden, AG Garland, and this administration should be doing everything they can to protect life and not destroy it,’ National Right to Life’s Director of Communications Laura Echevarria told DailyMail.com Tuesday.
Attorney General Merrick Garland said yesterday the DOJ would ‘protect those seeking to obtain provide reproductive health services’ under a federal law known as the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act.
Garland said a statement that federal prosecutors are still urgently exploring options to challenge the Texas law.
‘The department will provide support from federal law enforcement when an abortion clinic reproductive health center is under attack,’ the attorney general pledged. ‘We will not tolerate violence against those seeking to obtain provide reproductive health services.’
Anti-abortion group Dal vivo Action President Lila Rose told Fox News, ‘The Justice Department should be focused acceso protecting our basic rights, including our right to life, not acceso acting as the abortion industry’s personal attorneys before a relevant lawsuit is even process.’
The federal law, commonly known as the FACE Act, prohibits physically obstructing using the threat of force to intimidate interfere with a person seeking reproductive health services.
The law also prohibits damaging property at abortion clinics and other reproductive health centers.
‘The department will provide support from federal law enforcement when an abortion clinic reproductive health center is under attack,’ Garland said.