Minnesota Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar compared the atrocities being committed in Iran against women to fighting for abortion rights in the United States.
Omar, speaking at an event to re-elect Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, said that abortion rights were being taken away from American women, drawing a comparison to Iran, where women are being killed by police after the death of a 22-year-old women who did not correctly wear her Islamic head dress.
“As we watch the brave, incredible young girls in schools in Iran who are standing up to teachers, young women in buses and in public streets who are saying ‘no’ to the morality police – because there is no morality in trying to oppress women,” Omar said. “There is no morality in forcing people to participate in a religion they don’t want to. And there is no morality in believing government’s our God.
“So we know the women in Iran are bravely chanting, ‘Women, Life, Freedom’ for their rights, for their right to bodily autonomy,” she continued. “So, here in the United States, when the right extremists are challenging our bodily autonomy, we have to stand up and say, ‘Women, Life, Freedom.’”
Omar is an adamant defender of abortion. In June after the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Omar said “This decision is devastating for millions of women and pregnant people across the country. I am outraged this right-wing court is turning the clock back on generations of progress and prohibiting individuals to have autonomy over their bodies. Let’s be clear: This decision is a blow to everyone who believes in the 14th amendment and to anyone who believes there are limits to how much the government can control the decisions we make in our private lives.”
She said that the decision would impact the most vulnerable in society and thanked Ellison for “protect[ing] anyone who obtains an abortion in Minnesota.”