U.S. House Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Reaction to the New Texas Abortion Ban Law

On Monday, the Texas Senate passed a new abortion ban law that would make it illegal for women to have abortions in most cases. This is due to the fact that the bill bans abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, even if they are done in order to save a woman’s life or when pregnancy is caused by rape or incest. The bill also stipulates that physicians who perform abortions could be charged with criminal homicide. Many, including politicians and Supreme Court justices, have spoken out against the new Texas abortion ban law. U.S. House Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez thinks that the decision challenges Roe V Wade that set the precedent for such cases. She also said that a woman’s right to choose is still a basic human right. This legislation will hurt women in Texas and across the United States.

Disparity against Women

Many people including Alexandria Ocasio Cortez believe that this law will create a lot of problems for women all over the United States. Other Republican states may also be inclined to follow Texas and ban abortion altogether. She believes that the law is unfair to women as men don’t have to go through things like pregnancy where as a woman does. She is the one who is pregnant so taking away her right to abortion means that you are taking away the women’s freedom and her choice over her own body.

Why Women Should Work in Politics

Even though there are more women in American politics than ever before, the number of women in still way fewer than the number of men. Having gender equality in politics. Only women can understand the problem that they face in the country and they should have the right to decide.

At the current moment, the majority of politicians are men which means that the decision making for the freedom of choice related to a woman’s body is actually in the hands of men. Female politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are of the view that men don’t understand the psychology behind it. A woman may not be ready to have a baby, the baby might not be planned, the pregnancy might be a result of a non-consensual sex and in all these cases it’s the women that suffers. She has to live with the consequences of the pregnancy. 

This is why more and more women should try to come into politics. A balanced congress is needed for better decision making related to gender which can only be achieved once more women show interest in politics.