According to UC Berkeley Law professor Khiara Bridges, men can get pregnant and to deny that is perpetuating trans suicide. Bridges made this claim in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the implications of reversing Roe v. Wade.
In the hearing, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) asked Bridges, “You said several times, you’ve used a phrase and I want to make sure I understand what you mean by it. You’ve referred to people with the capacity for pregnancy. Would that be women?”
Bridges responded, “Many women, 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 nonbinary people who are capable of pregnancy.”
Hawley then asked, “So, this [abortion] isn’t really a women’s rights issue…?”
Bridges wouldn’t be able to answer the question directly without validating that women are the only humans that can get pregnant. If Bridges agreed then she would also invalidate trans rights and gender ideology. That would be a grave mistake for Bridges, because she would immediately be canceled and ridiculed.
Bridges answered, “We can recognize that this impacts women while also recognizing that it impacts other groups, those things are not mutually exclusive.”
What other groups would this impact? Regardless of what someone identifies as, the fact remains that if they carry female reproductive organs, they’re a woman. That’s basic biology.
Instead of answering the question, Bridges attacked Hawley.
Bridges said, “I want to recognize that your line of questioning is transphobic. It opens up trans people to violence by not recognizing them.”
Hawley responded, “Wow, you’re saying that I’m opening up people to violence by asking whether or not women are the folks who can have pregnancies?”
By attacking Hawley as being transphobic, Bridges immediately excuses herself from answering his questions. Bridges can divert any attention away from answers and land them directly on attacks on Hawley regardless of how ridiculous she may sound.
Bridges’ response is baffling, considering she’s testifying as an expert in race and reproductive rights. To advocate for reproductive rights, it might be a good idea to have a basic understanding of male and female biology, but Bridges seems to be void of that knowledge.
After snapping at Hawley and throwing out statistics of trans suicide, Hawley asks, “Is this how you run your classroom? Are students allowed to question you, or?”
Bridges said, “Absolutely,” and said that everyone has a good time in her class and that Hawley is welcome to join. Given the exchange that took place, it’s unlikely that anyone can question Bridges, and even if they do, she will attack them and call them names for doing so.