Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York), reacted to right-wingers online Monday after they criticised her for her work. social media postsSharing tips and information regarding data security and abortion access after the electionRoe v. Wade U.S.
Ocasio Cortez responded to questions about how to get safe abortion medication in states that have banned it. informationFrom pro-abortion groups like We TestifyIf they need to have an abortion, there are ways that people can circumvent the bans. She also shared tips for how people can digitally protect themselves against criminalization of abortion. People seeking abortions in illegal states now face threats such as data firms sellingTheir location and information about their health.
John Gage, a right-wing anti-abortion writer, took screenshots of some of these posts and posted them to Twitter to criticize Ocasio Cortez. “[Ocasio-Cortez] is posting about how people can skirt abortion bans,” Gage wrote.
“Yeah, and?” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in response. “It’s saved on my Instagram highlights by the way, for anyone who wants it.”
“Republicans are mad because I am sharing this information. Too bad!” Ocasio-Cortez said later. “Freedom of choice is an inalienable right. Your bodily autonomy belongs to you.”
It’s unclear if people in states with abortion bans can obtain and use abortion medication ordered online and avoid prosecution. Some Republicans are waging efforts toPeople are explicitly prohibited from having abortions in other countries. roughly a dozen statesThe use of abortion pills is explicitly prohibited. The Food and Drug Administration has been tryingThe legal situation does not permit abortion pills to be widely available. is murkyIn states that ban them.
Ocasio-Cortez posted a message on her Instagram account over the weekend that abortion pills are a safe and legal way to end a pregnant woman’s life. Health experts say that people can safely self manage their own abortions if they’re done within the first 13 weeks of pregnancy, as long as they’re armed with the right information to do so.
But Ocasio-Cortez rightly points out that abortion seekers may run into privacy concerns if they’re ordering the pills online or doing research about how to self manage an abortion.
“Privacy and surveillance concerns will be a major issue in a Post-Roe world. It is possible that states who criminalize people who get abortions may begin to take advantage of digital surveillance to track pople,” she wrote.
She suggests people use anonymized email addresses, prepaid debit cards, and VPNs to hide their identifying information. As many privacy and abortion experts. are urging nowOcasio-Cortez recommends that people also delete their period tracking apps. These apps often collect data that could potentially be used to criminalize someone who has secretly sought an abortion.
This is a great way to share this! potentially life-saving informationOcasio-Cortez is also a vocal advocate for radical reform in the federal government, with the goal to ensure abortion access.
The weekend will be Ocasio-CortezAnd Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) called for increased scrutiny of senators’ assertions that far right Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, Amy Coney Barrett, and others be investigated for lying under oath in their confirmation hearings. The justices had previously pledged that they would uphold decades-old precedents such as RoeWhile sitting at the Court.
Ocasio-Cortez called for the justices to be impeached, noting that lying under oath is an “impeachable offense.” Allowing justices to lie in order to secure their Supreme Court appointments is an incredibly dangerous precedent for Congress to set, she said.