Fact-check: Does Texas law allow rapists to sue their victims for getting an abortion?

Our weekly check-in with the Texas Truth-O-Meter.

By Nusaiba Mizan, PolitiFact/Austin American-Statesman; radio interview produced by Alexandra HartMay 11, 2022 4:14 pm, , ,

From PolitiFact Texas/Austin American-Statesman:

Days before Politico reported that a leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion indicates that a majority intends to overturn Roe v. Wade, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., tweeted an alarming claim about victims of rape in Texas.

Ocasio-Cortez was addressing the claim from right-wing politicians that “the extreme left is taking over.” To that, Ocasio-Cortez asked “WHERE” in all caps.

“In Texas, Republicans passed a law allowing rapists to sue their victims for getting an abortion,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

Texas has some of the strictest laws restricting access to abortion. As discussion and concern rises for Roe v. Wade  the landmark 1973 ruling that established a right to abortion — and what this means for Texas, let’s look at Ocasio-Cortez’s claim.

Read the full story and see how Ocasio-Cortez’s claim scored at PolitiFact, and listen to an interview with PolitiFact’s Nusaiba Mizan in the audio player above.

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