AOC recalls thanking God she had the choice to get an abortion when she took a pregnancy test after being raped

aoc recalls thanking god she had the choice to get an abortion when she took a pregnancy test after being raped
© Alex Wong/Getty Images Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks during a news conference at the US Capitol December 8, 2021, in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images

  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she feels grateful she could have had an abortion after being raped.
  • The New York lawmaker told the story of her sexual assault at a New York City protest Friday.
  • “Thank god I have, at least, a choice,” she recalled thinking during a pregnancy test.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday shared a personal sexual assault story during a pro-abortion rights rally, saying she felt grateful she had the freedom to obtain an abortion if she needed one in that moment.

“I myself, when I was about 22 or 23 years old, was raped while I was living here in New York City,” she told a crowd in New York’s City Union Square Park. “I was completely alone. I felt completely alone. In fact, I felt so alone that I had to take a pregnancy test in a public bathroom in midtown Manhattan.”

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A step-by-step guide for moving to Canada and becoming a citizen there

Some Americans are talking about moving to Canada after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The Canadian government has a handy tool that helps you figure out if you’re eligible to become a permanent resident. Becoming a Canadian citizen is difficult with many factors to consider, such as language, history, and residency rules.  Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, some Americans are considering moving to Canada

Google searches for “How to move to Canada from US” spiked by more than 850% following the decision that overturned the 50-year-old landmark ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

Citing Simon Rogers’ Google Trends newsletter, Axios reported that searches for “How to become a Canadian citizen” also rose by 550%.

If the Supreme Court’s ruling has you thinking about making a move to the US’s northern neighbor, it is theoretically possible — but certainly not easy — to move to Canada.

Becoming a Canadian citizen is tough. You need to first be a permanent resident and have lived in Canada for three out of the last five years, among other requirements.

For those who actually want to head up north, here’s how you become a permanent resident and citizen of Canada.

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Preface: Make sure you’re not already a Canadian citizen.

Before you go through the hassle of applying for citizenship or permanent residency, take a short quiz to see if you may already be Canadian.

The government outlines several caveats for being a citizen even if you weren’t born there, many of which depend on your parents’ citizenship. Maybe you secretly inherited their status at some point along the way.

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Be at least 18 years old.

If you’re not a legal adult, you’ve got an uphill climb ahead of you.

To become a citizen, minors need their parent or legal guardian to fill out the application for them, they need to already be permanent residents in Canada, and the parent must either be a citizen or apply to become one at the same time.

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Become a permanent resident.

The Canadian government created a handy tool to help you figure out if you’re eligible to be a permanent resident, which is required to become a Canadian citizen.

There are several avenues available to becoming a permanent resident. For example, you can apply through a specific province, go down a special entrepreneur route, get help from a family member or spouse who lives in Canada or go through Quebec, which has special immigration requirements.

Permanent residents are entitled to healthcare coverage and can work, study, and travel anywhere in Canada. You just can’t vote, run for office, or hold some jobs with top security clearance.

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If you’re a skilled worker, consider Canada’s Express Entry system.

Canada has a fast-track system for immigration called Express Entry. It’s how skilled workers transition into a new role in the country.

All applicants into Express Entry are given specific scores based on their talents and job prospects and then ranked with other applicants. Those at the top of the rankings are invited to become permanent residents.

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Declare your intent to reside.

If you’re invited to become a permanent resident, you must confirm your plans to stay Canadian. If you don’t spend that much time within the borders, you could lose your permanent residence status and your chance to become a citizen.

If you don’t live in Canada, you must work outside Canada as a public official known as a Crown Servant or live abroad with certain family members who are Crown Servants.

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Spend enough time physically present in Canada.

Permanent residents don’t always become citizens. The bar for citizenship is higher.

If you’re living in Canada, you must have been a permanent resident and physically present in Canada for at least 1,095 days during the five years right before the date you sign your application.

In other words, your time in Canada needs to stay relatively consistent.

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Provide your income tax filing.

Like the residence requirement, you must be able to provide three years’ worth of tax returns in the five-year period leading up to the date of your application.

Basically, they want to see if your job is legit.

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Speak English or French.

Along with dozens of other countries, Canada has two official languages: English and French.

To become a citizen, you need to know just one. You don’t need to be fluent, just conversational enough to make small talk, give directions, use basic grammar, and know your vocab well enough to describe yourself.

You’ll send along written documents with your application, but a citizenship officer will make the final call whether your English or French is up to snuff.

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Know a thing or two about Canada.

You should probably brush up on your Canadian history anyway, but the government issues a formal quiz to applicants on the history, values, institutions, and symbols of Canada.

You take the test if you’re between 16 and 64 years old. Typically, it’s a written test, but the citizenship officer may also ask questions orally.

There are no real surprises. Everything you’d need to know can be found here: Discover Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship.

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Know why your application might get denied.

There are a number of reasons your past may prohibit you from becoming a Canadian citizen.

For instance, the government looks down upon granting citizenship to people who have committed a crime within four years of submitting their application or are on trial for a crime.

“When I sat there waiting for what the result would be, all I could think was thank God I have, at least, a choice,” she continued. “Thank God I could, at least, have the freedom to choose my destiny.”

She added, “I didn’t know then, as I was waiting, that it would come up negative.”

“But it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter and that this is for all of us. This is not a women’s rights issue. This is an issue for all of us.”

 

—Jenna Amatulli (@ohheyjenna) June 25, 2022

Ocasio-Cortez gave the remarks the same day the Supreme Court voted to overturn 5-4 Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision that made abortion a constitutional right nationwide.

The decision has led to backlash and the eruption of protests nationwide. In the hours since the decision was made public, a slew of prominent individuals from musician Jack White to lawmakers, such as Ocasio-Cortez, have blasted the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. The Justice Department condemned it, saying on Friday that it’s a “devastating blow to reproductive freedom in the United States.”

Since May, abortion-rights advocates have feared that the Supreme Court would strike down Roe v. Wade. The fears began when Politico published a leaked draft opinion in which Associate Justice Samuel Alito called the decision “egregiously wrong from the start.”

Abortion, however, remained legal in the United States until the court handed down the final verdict. But the draft itself was enough to put reproductive rights activists and doctors who perform abortions on edge.

By overturning Roe, the Supreme Court has put the question of the legality of abortion in the hands of individual state legislatures and has essentially made it illegal in at least 22 states to obtain an abortion. There are expected to be added restrictions in several others.

“We must start right now to be relentless to restore and guarantee all of our rights here in the United States of America,” Ocasio-Cortez urged the crowd during her Friday speech.

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