Pressley: ‘Cruel’ Ruling Reversing Roe is a ‘Public Health Crisis’

Pressley: ‘Cruel’ Ruling Reversing Roe is a ‘Public Health Crisis’

July 18, 2022

Friday on MSNBC’s Katy Tur Reports, radical Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) fear-mongered falsely that the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade had created a “public health crisis.”

Pressley said, “Abortion carries health care, and for the second time, the House of Representatives, the people’s House, has yet again passed necessary legislation, which I’m proud to co-lead and as the chair of the Abortion Rights and Access Task Force that we are enshrining the right for abortion care for everyone who calls America home. So the people’s House, we have done our job for the second time. And now we are calling on the Senate to do theirs. Daily folks are facing insurmountable barriers to abortion care. The fallout from the Supreme Court’s cruel ruling is devastating.”

Insisting falsely again that “abortion care is health care,” Pressley added, “The people’s House, for the second time, has done our job in the face of this far-right Supreme Court, which has overturned the will of the people, sought to roll back the hand of time and to roll over our bodily autonomy and reproductive freedom. Failure is not an option. This is a matter of life and death, and the Senate must pass The Women’s Health Protection Act and enshrine abortion for everyone who calls this country home. This is a public health crisis, and I do believe this home requires that so that we can have a whole-of-government approach.”

Fact checks: 1) it is not the Supreme Court’s job to rule according to the “will of the people,” but according to the law and the Constitution; 2) the SCOTUS decision did not do away with “bodily autonomy and reproductive freedom”; 3) overturning Roe v. Wade does not constitute “a public health crisis”; and 4) the real “a public health crisis” is abortion.

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