Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks during a news conference at the US Capitol December 8, 2021 in Washington, DC.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks during a news conference at the US Capitol December 8, 2021, in Washington, DC.Alex Wong/Getty Images
  • Alexandria said she was grateful that she could have had an abortion.

  • At a New York City protest, a New York lawmaker told her story of being raped.

  • "Thank god I have a choice, at least," she said as she thought about her unborn child.

During a pro- abortion rights rally on Friday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shared a personal sexual assault story in which she said she was grateful she had the right to get an abortion.

She told the crowd that she was raped when she was young and lived in New York City. I wasn't surrounded by anyone. I didn't feel like anyone was watching me. I had to take a pregnancy test in a public bathroom in New York because I felt so alone.

She said that when she sat there waiting for the result, she was thankful that she had a choice. I had the freedom to choose my fate.

She said that she didn't know that it would be negative.

It doesn't mean anything. This is for all of us, that's all that matters. This isn't a women's right issue. It's an issue for everyone.

—Jenna Amatulli (@ohheyjenna) June 25, 2022

The Supreme Court voted in favor of abortion rights on the same day that Ocasio-Cortez spoke.

Protests erupted nationwide after the decision was made. In the hours after the decision was made public, a number of prominent individuals, from musician Jack White to lawmakers, have blasted the decision.

The abortion-rights advocates fear that the Supreme Court will strike down Wade. When a leaked draft opinion from Associate Justice Samuel Alito was published, the fears began.

Until the final verdict was handed down, abortion was legal in the US. The draft made reproductive rights activists and doctors uneasy.

At least 22 states have made it illegal to get an abortion because of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the law. Some restrictions are expected to be added.

"We must start right now to restore and guarantee all of our rights here in the United States of America," she said.

Business Insider has an article on it.