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Heated debate in US Senate erupts over abortion rights for men — Analysis

A Republican senator who doesn’t believe men can get pregnant was called “transphobic”

Khiara Bridges of Berkeley, the Berkeley professor, was accused by Josh Hawley (US) of being transphobic during an earlier Senate hearing about abortion. Hawley claimed that women cannot become pregnant.

The argument started during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday when the Missouri Republican asked the professor what she meant by: “People who are capable of having a baby.” Bridges explained that while there are many women who can get pregnant and those who cannot, there are also “trans men who are capable of pregnancy as well as non-binary people who are capable of pregnancy.”

This led Hawley to ask if abortion – the main issue under discussion at the hearing – is, in her opinion, actually a “women’s right issue.” She responded that the issue affects both women and other groups. Hawley next asked Hawley what her view of abortion’s core value is.

Your questioning style is transphobic. By not acknowledging trans people, it exposes them to violence.,” Bridges replied.

Her answer apparently surprised the senator, who said, “Wow. You’re saying that I’m opening up people to violence by asking whether or not women are the folks who can have pregnancy?

After a brief exchange in which the law professor insisted that “Assembling as if you don’t know” that transgender people exist is dangerous, she asked the senator: “Do you think that men are unable to get pregnant?” Hawley responded that he doesn’t believe they can.

You are denigrating the existence of transgender people. Thanks!,” Bridges said.

Next, the senator asked the professor if she runs her law class in this manner and whether students can ask questions.

It’s a great class. Join us. It’s possible to learn so much.,” Bridges replied. This exchange quickly went viral on social networks.

After the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, the issue of abortion rights is once more the topic of intense debate in the US. It removed federal abortion protections, and placed responsibility for legalizing or banning the procedure in the hands of the states.

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