Ocasio-Cortez: Abortion Bans Are About Religious Fundamentalists ‘Owning Women’

Ocasio-Cortez: Abortion Bans Are About Religious Fundamentalists ‘Owning Women’ May 16, 2019

“A brutal form of oppression” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls out religious fundamentalists for their misogyny after Alabama’s sweeping ban on abortion is signed into law.

Earlier this week Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed a bill to restrict abortion in almost all cases, including rape and incest. In a statement Governor Ivey made clear that this legislation was all about religious superstition, declaring:

this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God.

Perhaps more important, the Alabama Senate voted 25-6 in favor of the ban, and the 25 state senators that voted in favor of the abortion ban were all white, conservative, Christian men – religious fundamentalists intent on enforcing a Christian theocracy.

Thus it should come as no surprise that freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke out against the conservative Christian misogyny. On Twitter the Democratic congresswoman declared:

Abortion bans aren’t just about controlling women’s bodies.

They’re about controlling women’s sexuality. Owning women.

From limiting birth control to banning comprehensive sex ed, US religious fundamentalists are working hard to outlaw sex that falls outside their theology.

In a companion tweet Ocasio-Cortez continued:

Ultimately, this is about women’s power.

When women are in control of their sexuality, it threatens a core element underpinning right-wing ideology: patriarchy.

It’s a brutal form of oppression to seize control of the 1 essential thing a person should command: their own body.

Ocasio-Cortez is right. The abortion bans currently being pushed by religious conservatives across the country have nothing to do with being “pro-life” or protecting children. Instead, the bans are “a brutal form of oppression,” a symptom of the ignorance and cruelty that fuels conservative Christians, an ignorance and cruelty that targets women and their ability to access safe and legal reproductive health care, an ignorance and cruelty that demands a Christian patriarchy be forced upon everyone.

This is not the first time Ocasio-Cortez has challenged the ignorance and hypocrisy of religious conservatives. Last March, after 49 people were killed and 20 seriously injured in a terror attack targeting two mosques in New Zealand, the fiery congresswoman asked:

What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?

Bottom line: Ocasio-Cortez is correct. Abortion bans are about religious fundamentalists “controlling women’s sexuality” and “owning women.” It is “a brutal form of oppression.” In short, the misogyny of the Christian patriarchy is alive and well. The Republican War on Women, fueled by dreams of a Christian theocracy, continues.

Ocasio-Cortez: Abortion Bans Are About Religious Fundamentalists ‘Owning Women' (Image via Twitter)
Ocasio-Cortez: Abortion Bans Are About Religious Fundamentalists ‘Owning Women’ (Image via Twitter)
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