Far-left U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is now trying to get President Joe Biden and his administration to ignore the recent abortion pill ruling from U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk.
Ocasio-Cortez did so on Friday during an interview that she participated in on CNN.
Ocasio-Cortez's interview came after Kacsmaryk, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, issued a preliminary ruling that temporarily blocks the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) approval of mifepristone, one of the most common drugs used to perform a chemical abortion.
Kacsmaryk has given the Biden administration a week to appeal his decision before the preliminary relief - which would stop the sale of mifepristone - takes effect. And, the Biden administration has already indicated that it will appeal the matter.
But, Ocasio-Cortez, being the extremist that she is, wants Biden to take a different approach: she wants him to just disregard the ruling altogether and to continue the sale of mifepristone.
During her CNN appearance, Ocasio-Cortez stated, in unambiguous terms, "the Biden administration should ignore this ruling."
What they are currently doing is engaged in an unprecedented and dramatic erosion of the legitimacy of the courts. It is the justices themselves, through the deeply partisan and unfounded nature of these rulings that are undermining their own enforcements. It relies on enforcement, and it is up to the Biden administration … to choose whether to enforce such a ruling.
Ocasio-Cortez's reasoning, as is often the case, is a bit murky. The congresswoman claims that "deeply partisan" judges are undermining the "enforcement" of their decisions by issuing "unfounded" decisions.
But, Ocasio-Cortes does not explain how Kacsmaryk's decision is "unfounded." And, she does not explain how an "unfounded" opinion undermines an opinion's enforcement of that opinion.
The political left has been issuing unfounded opinions - i.e. opinions that are not based on the law - for decades. But, nonetheless, those decisions have been always been "enforced."
According to a report from Politico, the Biden administration is not going to heed Ocasio-Cortez's advice.
Members of the Biden administration, according to the report, do not want to employ Ocasio-Cortez's strategy because doing so could undermine the administration's forthcoming appeal of Kacsmaryk's decision.
Additionally, the administration notes that ignoring the decision would not stop Republican-led states from imposing their own restrictions on abortion pills, it would not stop a future Republican president from blocking the sale of the pills, and it would probably not give doctors the confidence to hand the pills out in defiance of Kacsmaryk's decision.
So, rather than ignore Kacsmaryk's decision, it appears that the Biden administration will be ignoring Ocasio-Cortes, which is probably a pretty good strategy for all of us.