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Tony Perkins: If Dems Want to Debate Biology of Abortion, They’re on Shaky Ground

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By Tony Perkins | May 9, 2019 | 4:27 PM EDT

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) just learned what a garbage disposal is, but she says it's American men who don't know anything about plumbing! In a pair of incoherent tweets Tuesday night, the former bartender blasts the new abortion limits in Georgia by arguing that “Most of the men writing these bills don't know the first thing about a woman's body.” But maybe the real problem is that some Democrats don't know the first thing about reading the bills she's talking about!

What the LIFE Act does and what abortion extremists say it does are two very different things. Like a lot of far-left radicals, Ocasio-Cortez is running around social media insisting that Georgia's new law bans abortion before a woman even knows she's pregnant. “It's relatively common for a woman to have a late period [and] not be pregnant,” she argues. “So this is a backdoor ban.” But if a woman isn't pregnant, how is anyone denying her an abortion? Either Ocasio-Cortez is confused, or Democrats are calling this an attack on women who aren't even expecting!

“I don't think you understand how these bills work,” Lila Rose politely tweeted back. “They ban abortion after the baby's heartbeat can be heard by an ultrasound, which is around six weeks.” Of course, in this new House majority, it's impossible to know whether Democrats are just criticizing bills they didn't bother to read – or they're intentionally trying to mislead people. Either way, Lila points out, “A lot of women support these life-saving laws. Myself included. You should join us.” Then, in a subtle jab at Ocasio-Cortez's earlier comment, she posted, “Glad some of ‘the men’ are on board, too.”

Still, Ocasio-Cortez keeps firing. “There are a TON of ways this law ignores basic biology.” But if biology is where Democrats want to debate this bill, they're already on shaky ground. Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) party has spent the better part of the last 10 years ignoring “basic biology.” It's almost comical. Liberals call us anti-science when we're the ones who believe what research says about gender, conception, the environment, and creation. The left, meanwhile, is so confused about basic biology that it doesn't even know which bathroom to use.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) (Photo by Rick Loomis/Getty Images)

And Democrats probably shouldn't be lecturing anyone about science when CNN is airing interviews with New York leaders who don't even think babies are human. On “Cuomo Prime Time,” the network actually gave a platform to a woman who told viewers, “When a woman gets pregnant, that is not a human being inside of her.” Oh really? What is it then – a banana nut loaf? According to Christine Quinn, the former speaker of the city's council, it's “a part of her body.” Rick Santorum, who was also in on the conversation, couldn't believe it. “So the baby is their property and they can do whatever they want to it? They can maim the baby or torture the baby?”

Quinn got angry and shot back that Santorum was “spinning fake stories.” “You're so desperate here,” she said. But I think the award for desperation was already doled out when Christine made it sound like children were a foreign object that just magically turns into a baby at birth. Obviously, none of this is new.

But along came the ultrasound machine – and keeping women in the dark got a lot more difficult for Democrats and their pals in the abortion industry. Now women have a rebuttal to Planned Parenthood who insists, That's “not a baby.”

Thanks to science, both parents are more aware of how intensely human their children are. Of course, Ocasio-Cortez would probably say it's sexist to acknowledge that babies even have a father. But like it or not, there are tens of millions of men in this country who aren't going to be silenced just because Democrats want to shame them with phony gender baiting. The truly courageous ones – like Governor Brian Kemp (R-Ga.) – aren't protecting the unborn because they're men. They're protecting the unborn because it's the right thing to do. And right and wrong has never cared about people's chromosomes, no matter what liberals say.

Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.

Editor's Note: This piece was originally published by the Family Research Council.

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