AOC slams SCOTUS abortion decision, says women will die and too many children already in 'poverty'

“This decision and this policy will kill people no matter what their spin and what their talking points are,” Ocasio-Cortez said on MSNBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday morning. 

Host Chuck Todd has asked the congresswoman about Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signing into law a “trigger” statute that banned all abortions in the state except in the event to save a mother’s life. The law was signed after the Supreme Court voted to overturn Roe on Friday. 

“I couldn’t disagree more with Governor Hutchinson, but I think what’s really important is honing in on this idea that the … the governor and the Republican Party, and frankly the Republican legislature in Arkansas, cares about the life of a woman and the life of a mother,” Ocasio-Cortez said. 

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She went on to argue that the state has a high maternal mortality rate and children living in poverty, saying “forcing women to carry pregnancies against their will, will kill them.”

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CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 19:  Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson stands on stage prior to the start of the second day of the Republican National Convention on July 19, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.   (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND, OH – JULY 19:  Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson stands on stage prior to the start of the second day of the Republican National Convention on July 19, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.   (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) (Getty)

“The state of Arkansas and Governor Hutchinson governs over a state that has the third-highest maternal mortality in the United States. 71% of the women who die are Black women as well. This is a state that has 26% child poverty, where one-in-four children are … living in poverty in the state of Arkansas.”

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 24: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks to abortion-rights activists in front of the U.S. Supreme Court after the Court announced a ruling in the Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization case on June 24, 2022 in Washington, DC.  

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 24: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks to abortion-rights activists in front of the U.S. Supreme Court after the Court announced a ruling in the Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization case on June 24, 2022 in Washington, DC.   (Nathan Howard/Getty Images))

“It will kill them, especially in the state of Arkansas, where there is very little to no support for life after birth, in terms of healthcare, in terms of childcare, and in terms of combating poverty,” she continued. 

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Pro life protesters outside the Supreme Court.

Pro life protesters outside the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Ocasio-Cortez has called the Supreme Court ruling on Friday “illegitimate” and called for supporters to take to “the streets” to fight for abortion

The Supreme Court’s ruling on Friday, which effectively ends the recognition of abortion as a constitutional right, comes after a leaked draft opinion in May signaled the nation’s highest court would overturn Roe.

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