AOC botches information in viral tweet attacking Texas abortion legislation


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“Squad” chief Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. ,botched the information whereas attacking Texas’ hotly debated abortion legislation in a tweet that shortly went viral amongst progressives. 

Ocasio-Cortez made the declare in a Friday tweet the place she appeared to answer Elon Musk’s suggestion that the Democratic Get together has moved too far to the left. 

“‘The extreme left is taking over’ WHERE. In Texas, Republicans passed a law allowing rapists to sue their victims for getting an abortion,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter.


“Can anyone name a ‘far left’ policy that extreme implemented anywhere?” she continued. “We can’t even get our party to import cheaper RXs from Canada.” The congresswoman ended her tweet with an acronym for “f— outta here.”

Whereas Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet shortly obtained tens of 1000’s of likes and retweets, it was factually inaccurate.  

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The Texas Heartbeat Act, also referred to as Senate Invoice 8, was initially signed into legislation in Might 2021 and took impact in September. The legislation empowers personal residents to sue anybody suspected of aiding or abetting an abortion after fetal cardiac exercise is detected, normally after six weeks of being pregnant. 

The legislation is likely one of the strictest within the nation, and permits people to sue an individual who facilitates an abortion — such because the docs that present them. 

Opposite to Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet, nevertheless, ladies who receive abortions after fetal cardiac exercise has been detected are particularly exempted from the legislation. 

Ocasio-Cortez’s workplace did not instantly return an e mail from Day by day Submit Digital asking whether or not the congresswoman plans to right the widely-circulated, however inaccurate, tweet. 

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., spread false information while attacking Texas' recent abortion law on Friday. 

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., unfold false data whereas attacking Texas’ latest abortion legislation on Friday. 
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A federal courtroom dismissed all challenges Tuesday to a provision within the Texas abortion legislation. 

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The U.S. fifth U.S. Circuit Court docket of Appeals despatched the authorized problem in opposition to the six-week abortion ban again to the state Supreme Court docket with orders to dismiss all challenges.

In March, the Texas Supreme Court docket dominated that state medical licensing clinics haven’t got the authority to implement the legislation. Weeks earlier, the U.S. Supreme Court docket declined to intervene within the matter, leaving abortion suppliers with a slim path to victory and an uphill battle. 

Since taking impact, abortions have plummeted in Texas, one in every of a number of states dominated by conservatives which have handed comparable restrictions on abortions.

Day by day Submit Digital’s Louis Casiano contributed reporting.


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