When it comes to so-called “abortion rights”, Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro believes no one should be excluded from the right to choose – including men who identify as women.
At last night’s Democratic debate, Castro was asked about his position on abortion rights and if his healthcare plan would cover abortion costs. Here’s what the former housing secretary had to say:
“I don’t believe only in reproductive freedom, I believe in reproductive justice. And, you know, what that means is just because a woman, or let’s also not forget someone in the trans community, a trans female, is poor doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have the right to exercise that right to choose.”
Watch Castro’s remarks below:
There’s just one slight problem with this answer: Men cannot get pregnant.
Twitter users noticed, and responded:
Julian Castro: "I believe that transwomen(men that transitioned to women) should have the right to have an abortion."
— Carpe Donktum🔹 (@CarpeDonktum) June 27, 2019
Did I hear that right? Castro is boldly for trans abortion, which would be people born as men who don't have a uterus.
— Razor (@hale_razor) June 27, 2019
I dont know about you guys, but I thought the bravest, most courageous moment of the #DemDebate was when Julian Castro defended a transgender woman's right to have an abortion.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) June 27, 2019
Julian Castro, in an attempt to bring in the trans community, incorrectly states that "trans females" can have abortions. Trans women are biologically men. https://t.co/5JoDm5Pg6l
— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) June 27, 2019
Apparently Julian Castro said he supports MEN who identify as WOMEN having abortions. We need to shut this debate down for an immediate biology lesson. https://t.co/tfbMjtEzUb
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) June 27, 2019
Greg at Twitchy documented many more reactions here.
Castro was clearly proud of his answer, as he tweeted out video of it later in the evening:
The right to an abortion is under assault. Just because a woman or someone in the trans community is poor doesn't mean they shouldn't have the right to an abortion. I would appoint federal judges who would respect Roe v. Wade. #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/UgkB7IJbhb
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) June 27, 2019
It’s quite possible Castro was referring to transgender MEN, as they are women who identify as men and can still have a baby, depending on where they are in the transition process.
But that’s not what he said so, you know, we have lots of questions on this matter.
—Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter.–