The meeting room became silent as Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) repeated his question twice at a hearing of the House Oversight and Reform Committee which was called by Democrats to examine the effects of abortion restrictions.
In response to a question from Clyde, Dr. Bhavik Kumar, medical director for primary and trans care at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast said, “Men can have pregnancies, especially trans men.”
His answer confused Clyde and others in the hearing room as Clyde asked the question a second time, saying that he was specifically referring to biological men.
Asked if biological men can get pregnant and give birth, a democrat witness testifies: “Men can have pregnancies.” pic.twitter.com/l7YVzKN87t
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Kumar, looking uncomfortable by the line of questioning, refused to answer and instead said such questions are “really missing the point.”
Pushed further, Kumar finally re-affirmed his answer when grilled by Clyde, “Somebody with a uterus may have the capability of becoming pregnant, whether they’re a woman or a man,” Kumar said. “That doesn’t make a difference.”
Clyde dismissed his statement, saying, “OK … We’re done. This isn’t complicated. Let me tell you, if a person has a uterus and is born female, they are a woman.”
After further exchange, Clylde bewildered by the doctor’s answers, lectured him on the science of biology. “Clearly, any high school biology class teaches that men and women have different chromosomes. Females are XX chromosome and males are XY chromosome.”
“I can’t believe it’s necessary to say this, but men cannot get pregnant and cannot give birth regardless of how they identify themselves.”
Kumar further claimed that he had performed “likely thousands” of abortions, but Clyde questioned the reason why he was chosen to testify.
“Why in the world would Democrats have brought in a person whose title is director of trans care for an abortion hearing when only biological women can become pregnant?” asked the lawmaker.
Clyde also grilled Dr. Nisha Verma, a fellow at Physicians for Reproductive Health, about whether a fetal heartbeat is a manufactured sound, but Verma eluded his question, calling it a complicated issue.
“Like so many things in medicine, it’s complex,” she said.
Finally, she claimed that she needed “a little bit of time” to give an answer. The presence of a heartbeat, as an indicator of life, is typically covered in high school biology classes.
–Wire services and Metro Voice