Josh Hawley’s viral transphobic comments, briefly explained

During a Senate hearing on the future of abortion rights Tuesday, Sen. Josh Hawley

became the latest Republican lawmaker to use transphobic rhetoric to rile up the GOP’s

base — and to avoid wrestling with the consequences of abortion restrictions across the country.

Hawley, in his line of questioning, asked one of the witnesses — UC Berkeley law professor

Khiara Bridges — why she kept using the term “people with a capacity for pregnancy” when she

was describing who would be affected by bans and restrictions on abortion. “Would that be

Bridges explained that she was using this term to be inclusive of different groups who would be affected by these laws.