University of California, Berkeley, law professor slammed GOP Senator Josh Hawley as "transphobic" during a Senate hearing Tuesday on abortion policy.During the hearing, professor Khiara Bridges used the phrase "people with a capacity for pregnancy," which is considered a gender-neutral term that encompasses everyone who is able to get pregnant, including transgender men and nonbinary individuals.Her use of the phrase received pushback from Hawley, a Missouri Republican."I wanna recognize that your line of questioning is transphobic, and it opens up trans people to violence."— Law professor Khiara Bridges, after explaining to Sen.
Josh Hawley (R-MO) that more than just women are capable of giving birth pic.twitter.com/mpUHFG9wMp"You used a phrase several times—I want to make sure I understand what you mean by it.
You've referred to people with a capacity for pregnancy. Would that be women?" he asked.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 said that the issue of reproductive rights "isn't really a women's rights issue," to which Bridges responded, "We can recognize that this impacts women while also recognizing that it impacts other groups.