Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is being criticized for her use of the term “menstruating persons” as she lashed out at Texas Gov. Greg Abbott over his new six-week abortion ban.
The far-left New York congresswoman called Abbott “deeply ignorant” on Tuesday over the Lone Star State’s new law that prohibits almost all abortions after the six-week mark — including pregnancies that are the result of rape or incest.
“I don’t know if he is familiar with a menstruating person’s body. In fact, I do know that he’s not familiar with a female or menstruating person’s body because if he did, he would know that you don’t have six weeks,” Ocasio-Cortez told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
“I’m sorry we have to break down Biology 101 on national television, but in case no one has informed him before in his life, six weeks pregnant means two weeks late for your period,’” AOC continued.
“And two weeks late on your period for any person — any person with a menstrual cycle — can happen if you’re stressed, if your diet changes or for really no reason at all. So you don’t have six weeks.”
Her use of the term “menstruating persons” includes transgender and non-binary people who still have their periods.
However, the progressive Democrat swiftly sparked criticism online from those mocking the woke phrase.
“HAHAHAHA. AOC just tripped over the lingo for a ‘menstruating woman’ with on CNN. Jumped from woman to female to person,” conservative radio host Erick Erickson tweeted.
“I just saw a clip of AOC referring to ‘a menstruating person.’ It would kill her to use the word ‘woman?’,” one Twitter user wrote.
“AOC and her ilk are, to put it mildly, stupid. ‘Any menstruating person?’ Really? Men cannot menstruate, AOC, no matter how much you wish it were so. This science has been settled since time immemorial,” another tweeted.
High-profile critics, including Harry Potter author JK Rowling, have previously suggested the term goes against a woman’s identity.
AOC’s comments came after Abbott — who has been married to wife Cecilia for 40 years and has an adopted daughter — told reporters just hours earlier that women who had been raped had “at least six weeks” to get an abortion.
Abbott’s abortion law went into effect earlier this month after the US Supreme Court did not act on an emergency request by civil liberties groups to block it.
The law bans almost all abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected — which is around the six-week mark of pregnancy.
This new law only grants exceptions for a “serious medical emergency” in which the doctor has to prove the woman could die or face serious bodily impairment if the abortion isn’t carried out.
The law includes unique authority for private citizens to sue abortion providers and anyone involved in facilitating abortions — such as driving a woman to a clinic — for at least $10,000, if successful.