Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) attempted to bash Immigration and Customs Enforcement on social media Friday after a woman went into premature labor while in immigration detainment in February, resulting in the tragic birth of a stillborn child.
Instead, Ocasio-Cortez inadvertently made a pro-life argument.
What did Ocasio-Cortez say?
In February, immigration authorities revealed that a 24-year-old Honduran woman went into premature labor while she was detailed at a migrant holding facility. Tragically, the woman gave birth a stillborn child.
On Friday, Ocasio-Cortez responded to the news, despite the tragedy being more than three months old.
"I'm sure EVERY state passing abortion bans will also be prosecuting ICE officials for the deaths of premature babies that happen in their custody? Right? Since they intend on jailing doctors, surely they'll jail ICE for the same thing," Ocasio-Cortez said.
I’m sure EVERY state passing abortion bans will also be prosecuting ICE officials for the deaths of premature babie… https://t.co/Js7xJE5tSf— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) 1559342667.0
It's not clear why Ocasio-Cortez chose to respond to the news more than three months after it was initially reported.
What was the reaction?
The New York Democrat was widely panned for comparing abortion — which pro-life activists say is murder of unborn children — to stillbirth, a tragedy during which a child is birthed without signs of life.
"To even remotely try to contrast this horrific incident the same as willfully choosing to murder an unborn baby....is outrageous!" one person said in response to Ocasio-Cortez.
Meanwhile, Lila Rose, a prominent pro-life activist, noted that Ocasio-Cortez essentially made a pro-life argument with her tweet.
Wow - so you're acknowledging a baby has value & shld be protected after birth AND before birth? Because last I saw, you were tweeting the talking points of the abortion industry & cheering for the killing of babies in the womb as a “right." Blind, tragic hypocrisy.
— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) May 31, 2019
Rose also rebuked Ocasio-Cortez for her comparison between stillborn children and aborted children.
"ICE officers don't intend to kill the babies of pregnant women. A stillbirth is a tragedy no one celebrates," Rose said. "Abortionists intentionally kill the babies of pregnant women. They kill 2700 babies daily. And you and your political friends proudly celebrate it."