Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is spreading a lie about the Texas heartbeat law.
On Friday, the New York Democrat tried to portray Republicans as “extremists” by claiming the pro-life law allows “rapists to sue their victims” if they have abortions.
The claim is false, but the only major news outlet that corrected her was Fox News.
When Fox News contacted the congresswoman’s office for comment, it did not receive a response. Three days later, her comment still is up on Twitter, uncorrected.
“’The extreme left is taking over’ WHERE,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “In Texas, Republicans passed a law allowing rapists to sue their victims for getting an abortion.
“Can anyone name a ‘far left’ policy that extreme implemented anywhere? We can’t even get our party to import cheaper RXs from Canada. Foh [f— outta here],” she added.
Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet has more than 218,000 “likes” and nearly 34,000 “retweets” on the social media platform, but her claim about the Texas law is false.
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The law, which went into effect in September, protects unborn babies by banning abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. It also allows private citizens to sue abortionists and those who help them abort unborn babies in violation of the law.
Here’s more from Fox News:
Contrary to Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet, however, women who obtain abortions after fetal cardiac activity has been detected are specifically exempted from the law.
Ocasio-Cortez’s office didn’t immediately return an email from Fox News Digital asking whether the congresswoman plans to correct the widely-circulated, but inaccurate, tweet.
The Texas Tribune and other news outlets have corrected the false claim in past articles, pointing out that the law specifically prohibits rapists from filing lawsuits. It also prohibits anyone from suing the mother of the aborted baby; only abortionists and those who help them can be sued.
The Texas law has saved thousands of unborn babies’ lives over the past several months, and other states are passing similar legislation, hoping to do the same.
Pro-life advocates have renewed hope about restoring unborn babies’ right to life after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block the Texas law twice. The high court currently is considering a major abortion case out of Mississippi that could overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to protect unborn babies from abortion again. A ruling is expected this summer, likely in June.
Nearly 1 million unborn babies are aborted every year in the U.S.