Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) likened aborting an unborn child in defiance of state law to failed medical efforts to save a stillborn child, saying that, if the former is prosecuted, the later should be, too.
In a Twitter reply to a post about the February 22, 2019 death of a premature, stillborn child delivered by an illegal immigrant woman being processed for release from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody, Ocasio-Cortez said ICE officials should be jailed for “the same thing” as doctors performing illegal abortions:
“I’m sure EVERY state passing abortion bans will also be prosecuting ICE officials for the deaths of premature babies that happen in their custody? Right? Since they intend on jailing doctors, surely they’ll jail ICE for the same thing.”
The post Ocasio-Cortez was responding to includes a link to an ICE press release providing an account of the stillborn child’s death, detailing the extensive efforts of ICE medical professionals to care for the pregnant woman and save her unborn child:
On Feb. 22, while being processed for release from DHS custody, a 24-year-old Honduran woman went into premature labor and delivered a stillborn baby at the Port Isabel Detention Center (PIDC).
The woman, whose name and identifying details are being withheld in order to protect her privacy, reported being six months pregnant at the time of her apprehension by the U.S. Border Patrol (USBP), shortly before midnight on February 18 near Hidalgo, Texas. While in USBP custody, she was taken to the hospital and cleared for release on Feb. 21 after receiving two medical screenings. In the late afternoon on Feb. 22, she was transferred to ICE custody to be processed for release.
That same evening, while being processed for release by ICE, she began complaining of abdominal discomfort and was examined by the ICE Health Service Corps (IHSC). The clinical director was called and ordered that she be sent to the hospital. EMS was called. At that time, she conveyed that the baby was coming. She went into premature labor, at 27 weeks pregnant, and delivered an unresponsive male infant. IHSC initiated CPR and EMS transported them both to the Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, Texas, where the infant was later pronounced dead.