A Berkeley Law professor has accused Senator Hawley of being “transphobic” and “open[ing] trans people to violence.”
During a Tuesday abortion hearing before Senate members, professor Khiara Bridges used the term “people with a capacity for pregnancy” rather than “women” while talking about abortion and pregnancy. Senator Hawley pressed Bridges on the use of this non-traditional expression, to which Bridges implied Hawley was committing an act of violence against “transgender” individuals.
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Hawley said, “…you’ve referred to ‘people with a capacity for pregnancy’. Would that be ‘women’?”
Bridges removed her N-95 mask and responded, “many cis women have the capacity for pregnancy, many cis women do not have the capacity for pregnancy. There are also trans men who are capable of pregnancy as well as non-binary people who are capable of pregnancy.”
Hawley retorted, “So, this isn’t really a women’s rights issue?”
After more back and forth questioning, Bridges described Hawley’s questions as “violent”, “So, um, I want to recognize that your line of questioning is transphobic and it opens up trans people to violence…”
Bridges continued, “do you believe men can get pregnant?”
Hawley responded, “No. I don’t think men can get pregnant”
Bridges said, “Then you are denying that trans people exist.”
Many see the exchange between the senator and professor is a reflection of the greater political discussion around sex, gender and the nature of reality.
Transgenderism as an operating philosophy has been integrated into almost every American institution – particularly in education. Public school teachers are teaching toddlers that doctors incorrectly guess gender at birth. Former press secretary Jen Psaki even encouraged teachers to talk to kids about whether they are a “boy or girl”. University of North Texas students verbally berated a man and called him a “fascist” for opposing the genital mutilation of his child.