By Misty Severi
A witness who supports abortion rights during the House Judiciary Committee’s abortion hearing Wednesday said she believes a person can choose what gender they identify as and that, therefore, men can get pregnant and have abortions.© Provided by Washington ExaminerAbortion witness tells Congress men can get pregnant and have abortions
Aimee Arrambide, the executive director of the abortion advocacy group Avow Texas, was asked by Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC) what she believes the definition of a woman is.
“I believe that everyone can identify for themselves,” Arrambide said.
When asked if she then believed that men could therefore get pregnant and have abortions, her response was a simple “yes.” Bishop did not push the topic any further.
Wednesday’s meeting came after a draft opinion that revealed five Supreme Court Justices are prepared to overturn the historic rulings in Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood was leaked at the beginning of May.
The draft, written by conservative Justice Samuel Alito, said abortion laws belong in the hands of independent states instead of the federal government. However, if the official ruling, expected next month, does revert the power of abortion law back to the states, the procedure would become illegal in multiple states, including Texas, Missouri, and Tennessee.
The hearing, opened by Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), included testimonies from Arrambide; Americans United for Life CEO and President Catherine Glenn Foster; a law professor from the University of California, Irvine, Michele Bratcher Goodwin; and a member of the physicians for reproductive health board of directors, Dr. Yashica Robinson.
Goodwin said that if the law is overturned, poor women will be affected the most.
“For poor women, particularly women of color, the loss will be deadly,” Goodwin said. “This is the coming of the new ‘Jane Crow.'”
Nadler said the decision to become a parent should be an individual choice and did not belong to a state government.
“The decision to become a parent belongs to the individual,” Nadler said in his opening remarks. “She may consult with her doctor or her loved ones to inform that decision, but the decision belongs to her. … Bodily autonomy is a prerequisite for liberty.”
Committee ranking member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) disagreed with Nadler and said a person could not have real freedom if they were not guaranteed a right to live.
“You never have a real liberty, you never have true freedom if government won’t protect your most fundamental right: your right to live,” Jordan said.