Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has raised more than $300,000 for Texas abortion rights groups and health centers.
100 percent of the funds will go toward “organizations providing much-needed resources to folks seeking abortion care in Texas.”
“The gutting of Roe v Wade imperils every menstruating person in the US, every person who engages in sex, and every person who values our constitutional right to privacy,” said Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter in response to SB 8.
Republican Governor Greg Abbott signed S.B.8 in May. The legislation bans individuals from terminating pregnancies after a fetal heartbeat has been detected. The law gives private citizens the right to file a lawsuit against people that seek abortions or assist someone with attaining one. Anyone that is found to have sought abortion services can be fined $10,000 or more.
There are no provisions in the legislation that protect victims of incest or rape.
Texas Equal Access Fund, Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, and Fund Texas Choice are among the organizations that will receive contributions.
The Democratic lawmaker has received criticism, most notably from former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin. Palin called Ocasio-Cortez a “fake feminist.”
“Wow, AOC, she’s really milking this, isn’t she,” Palin said. “She’s such a fake feminist that she would bring up an issue like this and try to use it to make some kind of political point.”
Ocasio-Cortez hit back at the former Governor, telling her to use a special hotline —”1-800-CRY-NOW.”
The hotline is active and can be used to send contributions.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 9, 2021