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ARLINGTON, VA, November 7, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A leading American pro-lifer has taken a left-wing Jesuit-run magazine to task for its support of a newly elected pro-abortion congresswoman.
Lila Rose of Live Action, a convert to Catholicism, had a sharp answer for America magazine when it heralded over Twitter the election of socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
America tweeted, “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has just become the youngest woman elected to Congress. Here is @Ocasio2018 on her Catholic faith and the urgency of a criminal justice reform, from earlier this year.”
The tweet links to a short essay Ocasio-Cortez wrote for America about the American prison system and the “mass incarceration” of the 1990s, which touched her own family. She identified Jesus with her cousin’s tattoo, which reads “Only God can judge me.” Ocasio-Cortez offered questions about prison reform she said were “directly tied to the heart” of the Catholic faith.
Rose, 30, seemed incensed that America was showcasing the pro-abortion congresswoman as an authentic commentator on Catholicism.
“There [is] nothing Catholic about promoting the killing of children as a ‘human right’,” Rose tweeted. “You can’t say you care for the plight of prisoners because of the Faith and support the destruction of children.”
“Why wasn’t @Ocasio2018 asked about her extreme pro-abortion position?” she demanded of America magazine.
There nothing Catholic about promoting the killing of children as a “human right.” You can’t say you care for the plight of prisoners because of the Faith and support the destruction of children. Why wasn’t @Ocasio2018 asked about her extreme pro-abortion position? @americamag https://t.co/NdbQfz7Tby
— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) November 7, 2018
Ocasio-Cortez, 29, was born in the Bronx and is now the member-elect for New York’s 14th congressional district. A member of the Democratic Party, Ocasio-Cortez made headlines by defeating the Democratic Caucus Chair, Jim Crowley, in the primary elections this June. The ensuing media attention revealed that Ocasio-Cortez is a socialist. She is also pro-abortion.
According to her platform, Ocasio-Cortez believes that so-called “reproductive freedom” is “especially essential for all individuals of marginalized genders, including cisgender women and trans people.”
She will not “accept any federal, state or local rollbacks, cuts or restrictions on the ability of individuals to access quality reproductive healthcare services, birth control, HIV/AIDS care and prevention, or medically accurate sexuality education,” her platform continues.
“This means open access to safe [sic], legal, affordable abortion, birth control, and family planning services, as well as access to adequate, affordable pre- and post-natal care, for all people, regardless of income, location or education.”
In her essay for America, Ocasio-Cortez asks her readers to forgive and rehabilitate prisoners.
“By nature, a society that forgives and rehabilitates its people is a society that forgives and transforms itself,” she wrote. “That takes a radical kind of love, a secret of which is given in the Lord’s Prayer: Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
But ironically, given her take on abortion, Ocasio-Cortez also cited the “least of these brothers and sisters” of Christ mentioned in Matthew 25:40, when she concluded her essay.
“…Let us not forget the guiding principle of “the least among us” found in Matthew,” she wrote, “that we are compelled to care for the hungry, thirsty, homeless, naked, sick and, yes—the imprisoned.”