AOC dunks on Republicans saying abortion isn’t an economic issue

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For months, Republicans have been claiming that voters in the upcoming midterm election don’t care that the Supreme Court tore down state abortion laws — they’re angry at inflation and the economy in general. (This larger argument has been advanced for years, but it is especially egregious now Roe v. calf is gone.)

It’s a red herring, of course, because Abortion is absolutely an economic problem. We’ve seen the claim to that campaign, cable news, local newsand now in a congressional hearing — and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) wouldn’t let it stand.

On Thursday, the House Oversight Committee held a Listen entitled “Examining the Harm to Patients of Abortion Restrictions and the Threat of a National Abortion Ban”. Of course, this potential ban is legislation that Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced earlier this month that would ban abortion nationwide after 15 weeks but leave earlier, more restrictive bans in place.

Rep. Jake LaTurner (R-Kansas) said he was upset that the committee was holding its third hearing on abortion this year when it could oversee the White House’s economic and energy policies. (LaTurner’s testimony begins at 2:26:45 hereand his time ends at 2:32.)

Speaking immediately after LaTurner’s questioning period, Ocasio-Cortez addressed his complaint that the committee should focus on economic issues, calling it “disappointing” and flat out wrong. “I think it’s important to say that abortion is an economic issue. Forcing poor and working-class people to give birth against their will — against their consent, against their ability to care for themselves or a child — is a profound economic problem,” she said.

“The idea that abortion and access to abortion is somehow not a deep and central economic and class issue and class struggle is certainly something, I think, that a person who has never struggled with the ability to bear a child embraces struggling…you know, it belies that perspective. And it’s disappointing to see that.”

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Ocasio-Cortez also noted that forced pregnancies force people to work extra jobs to try to provide for their families. “It’s certainly a way of basically keeping a workforce with big employers and employers to work more against their will, to take second and third jobs against their wishes and their own autonomy,” she said, later adding Twitter that “desperate workers are much easier to exploit”.

conservative media points of sale are predictable horrified with those comments, but she’s right — not only in that pushing people into or keeping people in poverty can make them accept what they can get in terms of wages and job safety standards, but that abortion bans reach big corporations another bargaining chip about their employees.

Josh ShapiroPennsylvania’s Democratic nominee for governor, has also rightly pointed out that abortion is linked to the economy when he recently said that his opponent, Doug Mastrianowant “bring chaos to the economy‘ if he signed an abortion ban into law.

Democrats: More of this, please! AOC dunks on Republicans saying abortion isn’t an economic issue

Andrew Schnitker

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