Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blamed Twitter's character limitations – and reading skills of her critics – after being called for spreading misinformation about the recently signed abortion ban in Alabama .
The New York Democrat used the social media platform to criticize the law, which was signed by the governor on Wednesday and banned virtually all abortions in the state. The same law also makes the practice of abortion a crime punishable by 99 years in prison or life imprisonment, unless the health of the mother is in danger, with no exceptions for women who are pregnant with rape or incest.
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"Alabama lawmakers make all abortions a punishable crime, including women victims of rape + incest," wrote Ocasio-Cortez in a tweet.
"Of course, no extra punishment for the rapists. It's okay [Governor Kay Ivey’s] office. She will decide the future of women's rights in Alabama. "
Conservative commentators immediately launched the tweet, noting that the law specifically targeted abortion providers and that it was designed not to punish women.
"It's a lie," tweeted Michel Knowles of Daily Wire, citing part of the law that specifically addressed the issue.
"Section 5. No woman on whom an abortion is practiced or attempted to be done may be held criminally or civilly responsible. In addition, no doctor who confirms the serious risk to the health of the mother of the child can not be held responsible criminally or civilly, "said the text of the law.
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"Everything about this @AOC tweet is wrong," wrote Caleb Hull. "Women who abort in Alabama CAN NOT be sentenced to prison under the new Heartbeat Bill. These are the doctors who risk jail time when they illegally abort and are convicted of a crime, not pregnant women. "
Ocasio-Cortez did not acknowledge his mistake and instead blamed the social media platform for having limited space.
"It's a crime punishable by a prison, [including] case of pregnant women with rape or incest. Twitter is 280 [characters] – read the context clues in the grammar of the tweet, "she tweeted.
"But good to know you're here to promote the criminalization of medical providers who help victims of rape and incest! good work."
She also challenged those who claimed that women would not be prosecuted, implying that female medical staff members could be prosecuted for providing services. d & # 39; abortion.
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The ban on abortion in Alabama sparked debate across the country, with critics saying it was going too far, while conservatives say the law rightly targets abortion providers.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) pledged to sue the law was approved for the first time in the state Senate on Tuesday and reiterated its intention to sue on Wednesday.
A similar law in favor of life was enacted in Georgia, with Governor Brian Kemp having signed the "Heartbeat" bill banning abortion in that state after detecting a heartbeat, as early as six weeks after the beginning of pregnancy. The law allows exceptions in case of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is in danger.