Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, D.N.Y. on Monday, August 24, 2020 Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images/Pool
Texas Governor Greg Abbott stated that women who have been raped can have an abortion within six weeks.
AOC stated that Abbott did not have basic biology knowledge and that six weeks is two weeks late for a period.
She explained that factors like diet and stress could make someone's period late.
Check out more stories from Insider's business page.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called Texas Governor. Greg Abbott's response to abortion for raped women was "disgusting."
Abbott stated that Texas' restrictive abortion law (which bans abortions after six week) would not make it illegal for a victim of rape to deliver their child to term. He would also work to eliminate all rapists from Texas.
A reporter asked the governor "Why force a victim of rape or incest to have a child to term?" The governor replied that rape victims have "at most six weeks" to obtain an abortion.
Ocasio-Cortez responded by telling CNN's Anderson Cooper, that Abbott didn't have basic biology knowledge.
I don't know if the man is familiar with the body of a woman who has had a period. Actually, I know he isn't familiar with a male or female's body. If he were, he would have known that you don't have six months.
Ocasio Cortez said that she was sorry for having to show "Biology 1o1" on national television. However, in case he has never been informed before, six weeks pregnant is two weeks late for your period.
Two weeks late for your period can happen for anyone, for any reason. This includes if you are stressed, if there is a change in your diet, or if you have no reason. She added that you don't have six weeks.
Planned Parenthood reports that 85-90% of Texans who have an abortion are less than six weeks into their pregnancy.
Continue the story
Abbott responded to the question regarding forcing rape victims to deliver their child to term. He also stated that he would "eliminate every rapist" in Texas.
While signing a major GOP reform bill, Abbott stated that "rape is a crime." Texas will continue to work hard to eliminate all rapists from Texas' streets by aggressively going out and arresting and prosecuting them, and then getting them off the streets.
He said, "So, goal number one in Texas is to eliminate all forms of rape, so that no woman or person will be the victim of it."
Ocasio Cortez stated that the governor's statement doesn't acknowledge that most people who have been raped or sexually assaulted are aware of their attackers.
According to the National Institute of Justice, 85-90% of college women who reported sexual assaults were aware of the perpetrator.
These are not just predators who wander the streets at night. They are the uncles of people. They are teachers. They are friends with family. Cooper told Ocasio Cortex that victims often take a long time to come forward after such an incident."
She said that some victims of sexual assault might not be willing to come forward and bring their cases before the courts. Some "anti-choice laws" are made by misogynists.
She said, "It's terrible, and he speaks so deeply ignorant." It's more than ignorance. People all over the country are suffering from ignorance.
Business Insider has the original article.