• Rep. Ocasio-Cortez on Friday called on President Biden to create abortion clinics on federal land. 
  • She spoke to a group of protestors in New York who had gathered to protest the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
  • AOC said federal clinics would be a “baby step” Biden could take to protect abortion rights.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday called on President Biden to create abortion clinics on federal land, following the landmark Supreme Court ruling which overturned Roe v. Wade and removed federal abortion protections. 

Speaking to a crowd of protestors gathered in New York’s Union Square, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez encouraged people to “be relentless to restore and guarantee all of our rights.” She detailed her own experience after sexual assault in her 20s, when she was grateful that abortion would have been an option for her if she needed it, and pushed for federal action to preserve access to reproductive healthcare.  


“I think one of the things that we know, too, is that there are also actions at President Biden’s disposal that he can mobilize,” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez told the crowd. “I’ll start with the babiest of the babiest of the baby steps: Open abortion clinics on federal lands in red states right now. Right now.”

On Friday, the US Supreme Court rolled back federal abortion protections in a 5-4 vote which overturned rights established in Roe v. Wade and reaffirmed in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. The decision, a draft of which was leaked in May, sent a shock throughout the country, sparking nationwide protests and wide-ranging reactions from business and political leaders.

Abortion access will be significantly limited in 13 states that had trigger laws in place to become active in the event Roe v. Wade was overturned. 

On Twitter, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez also took aim at Republican senators who claimed they had been misled by Supreme Court nominees about their position on abortion rights in order to secure confirmation votes.  


“We should hear from Senators Murkowski, Collins, and Manchin if they believe there should be any consequences at all for misleading members of the US Senate in order to secure a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land,” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Otherwise Roe’s undoing is their legacy too.”

Representatives for Rep. Ocasio-Cortez did not respond to Insider’s request for comment. 

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