Conservative men try to talk to Ocasio-Cortez about menstruation

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Last night, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed one of the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the nation, a heartbeat bill that bans abortions after six weeks.

It’s being called a backdoor abortion ban, because of the short amount of time between when a woman could detect her pregnancy and when the restriction kicks in. In many cases, women don’t find out they’re pregnant within the first six weeks, and yet the law would force them to carry a pregnancy to term, denying their the right to choose.

It was a point Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) made on Twitter last night in the wake of the law being signed.

But her pointing these facts was too much for a great deal of men who will never be pregnant or experience menstruation. They felt the need to defend Georgia’s restrictive law. Conservative pundit Ben Shapiro—and noted “AOC Debate Me” enthusiast—wanted her to know she was wrong.

In fact, just about everyone on the staff of Shapiro’s site, the Daily Wire, weighed in. They could not handle Ocasio-Cortez using the phrase “late on your period.” Which, to be clear, means that a woman’s period is late, aka she hasn’t shed the lining of her uterus in 28 days. This could happen for a number of reasons: stress, diet, general body chemistry, and also pregnancy. Still, men were confused.

Some women, however, set Shapiro straight and explained how menstruation works.

Georgia’s new law isn’t set to go into effect until 2020, and will likely be challenged in court before then.

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David Covucci

David Covucci

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