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Questioning if men can have babies ‘opens up trans people to violence’: UC Berkeley professor

Senator questioned her on the phrase ‘people with a capacity for pregnancy’

Senator Josh Hawley is “transphobic” and made gender dysphoric individuals vulnerable to abuse because he asked if men could get pregnant, according to one professor.

Professor Khiara Bridges, who teaches law at the University of California Berkeley, made the accusation on Tuesday during a Senate hearing about abortion.

“You’ve referred to ‘people with a capacity for pregnancy,’ would that be women?” the Missouri Republican asked.

“Many women, cis women, have the capacity for pregnancy, many cis women do not have the capacity for pregnancy,” Professor Bridges said on Tuesday. “Cis” refers to “cisgender,” which means people “whose gender identity corresponds with the sex the person had or was identified as having at birth,” according to Merriam-Webster dictionary.

“There are also trans men who are capable of pregnancy, as well as non-binary people who are capable of pregnancy,” Bridges said.

Hawley asked if that meant that abortion is not really a women’s rights issue.

“So your view is that the core of this, this right then, is what?” Hawley asked, after Bridges said that abortion “impacts women” but can that it “impacts other groups.”

“I want to recognize that your line of questioning is transphobic and it opens up trans people to violence,” Bridges said.

She then said that “one in five transgender people has attempted suicide” and that asking questions about pregnancy “denies that trans people exists.”

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Matt has previously worked at Students for Life of America, Students for Life Action and Turning Point USA. While in college, he wrote for The College Fix as well as his college newspaper, The Loyola Phoenix. He holds a B.A. from Loyola University-Chicago and an M.A. from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He lives in northwest Indiana with his family.