Rep. Ocasio-Cortez: Abortion Bans Are About Religious Americans ‘Owning Women,’ Trying to ‘Outlaw Sex’

Craig Bannister | May 16, 2019 | 10:53am EDT
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Abortion bans are about “owning women” and religious Americans’ efforts to “outlaw sex” they don’t approve of, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) claimed Wednesday.

Commenting on Twitter in reaction to pro-life bills passed in states like Alabama, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said religious Americans seek “a brutal form of oppression” of women:

“Abortion bans aren’t just about controlling women’s bodies. They’re about controlling women’s sexuality. Owning women. From limiting birth control to banning comprehensive sex ed, US religious fundamentalists are working hard to outlaw sex that falls outside their theology.”

“Ultimately, this is about women’s power. When women are in control of their sexuality, it threatens a core element underpinning right-wing ideology: patriarchy. It’s a brutal form of oppression to seize control of the 1 essential thing a person should command: their own body.”


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