New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez asserted that abortion bans allow corporations to exploit workers at a House Oversight Committee hearing on Thursday.
The representative said abortion bans force poor and working-class women and families into economic hardship, forcing them to work two or three jobs “against their will.”
“Abortion is an economic problem,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Forcing poor and working-class people to give birth against their will, against their consent, against their ability to support themselves or a child is a profound economic problem and is certainly a form of maintain a labor force basically recruited by large-scale employers and employers to work more against their will, to accept second, third jobs against their will and against their own autonomy”.
“So 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 that a person who has never had to deal with the ability to have a Son, believe in that perspective and it’s disappointing to see,” he continued.
Despite its blow to corporations, many large companies are actually helping their employees seek abortions following the repeal of Roe v. Calf. Citigroup, Apple and Texas-based Match Group are helping cover the travel costs of women who cross state lines for abortions. (RELATED: ‘Getting rid of them is so much cheaper’: Tucker Carlson says corporations are telling people they can’t have kids)
Businesses in Georgia even wrote a letter to voters arguing that the state’s abortion ban is a threat to the economy and “threatens our ability to do business.”
Ocasio-Cortez also said during the hearing that anyone who claims climate change isn’t real and COVID-19 is just the flu has no basis for saying “transgender people aren’t real.”
He went on to question Dr. Bhavik Kumer, Planned Parenthood’s transgender and primary care medical director, about methotrexate treatments for various conditions, including ectopic pregnancies, cancer and arthritis. He used this example to argue that lawmakers should not ban “abortion-induced drugs” when used to treat various medical conditions.
“Now those same people who have cancer, arthritis and lupus have to prove that they’re not using those abortion drugs, which then of course leads to a serious breach of privacy that creates a real conflict for people.” said. “Is this something you are seeing, Dr. Kumar?”
“Yes, I’ve heard of people in Texas who have been using methotrexate for other medical conditions and can’t get it at the pharmacy,” he replied. “Some people have also gone to the pharmacy to get their medication and asked about pregnancy tests or if they are using any form of birth control, which again is a violation of their privacy and should not be asked. They have been receiving this medication for some time.”
Ocasio-Cortez later revealed that she uses an intrauterine device (IUD), which creates a increased risk of ectopic pregnancy and asked Kumar if there are any laws prohibiting care for this condition.
Kumar said there are no laws that he knows of that prohibit removal of an ectopic pregnancy, but some laws have vague language that encourages some doctors not to perform the procedure. He later claimed to know of a woman who left Texas to receive treatment for her ectopic pregnancy.