Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) criticized Georgia's recently signed pro-life law as a "backdoor ban," and attacked male legislators, accusing them of a lack of knowledge of biology.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law a bill that bans all abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. That typically occurs around six weeks into a pregnancy.
Opponents of the bill, and others like it, said that because some women don't find out they're pregnant before that point, the bill is too sweeping of a ban.
"'6 weeks pregnant' = 2 weeks late on your period," Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter. "Most of the men writing these bills don't know the first thing about a woman's body outside of the things they want from it. It's relatively common for a woman to have a late period + not be pregnant. So this is a backdoor ban.
"For context, this kicks in within days of a typical at-home test working," she continued. "If you were sexually assaulted (stress delays cycle), took a morning-after pill (throws off cycle), or have an irregular cycle, you'd have no idea. There are a TON of ways this law ignores basic biology."
“6 weeks pregnant” = 2 weeks late on your period. Most of the men writing these bills don’t know the first thing a… https://t.co/EIy4tCJYMO— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1557289700.0
The characterization of the bill as a "backdoor ban" seems to imply some sort of secret motive. However, pro-life politicians and advocates make no secret about their desire to ban abortion and protect the lives of the unborn.
"Georgia is a state that values life," Kemp said Tuesday before signing the bill. "We stand up for those who are unable to speak for themselves."
The bill will be challenged in court by pro-abortion advocates, leading to the possibility that this strict pro-life law could be a step toward challenging or weakening of Roe v. Wade.