Josh Hawley says women are ‘people who give birth’ and then meddle with vaginas

A question about the definition of “woman,” which baffled Republicans last month during Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearings and was also called by Senator Marsha Blackburn “fundamental” to answer, turns out to be to be a stumbling block for GOP lawmakers to come up with a succinct answer to.

One in particular, Senator Josh Hawley, who spent his time during confirmation hearings grilling Judge Jackson over her record on punishing sex offenders, not only seemed unable to provide a clear answer to the question within weeks. Earlier, he and fellow Republicans on the Judiciary Committee were frazzled, but really confused about work on human anatomy.

In a series of hallway interviews with HuffPost, the outlet asked Republicans who sat on the Judiciary Committee the same question their House and Senate colleagues mocked as simple and straightforward: defining woman.

While their answers ranged from the textbook Republican, Sen Thom Tillis answered the question by saying “my wife”, to the more genetic, Sen Chuck Grassley echoed the definition originally provided by Sen Blackburn, “A woman is born with two X chromosomes. Sen Hawley’s comments were perhaps the most questioning and led the internet to burst into a widespread pan of what appeared to be his grave misunderstanding of human anatomy.

Prompt by the reporter’s question, Mr. Hawley boldly began by explaining that femininity is intrinsically linked to a person’s ability to give birth, saying: “Someone who can give birth to a child, a mother, is a woman,” Mr Hawley said, before adding “someone who has a womb is a woman. It doesn’t seem that complicated to me. »

The reporter then punched a hole in his logic by asking if a woman had had her uterus removed, a procedure the CDC estimates 20 million people nationwide, would that preclude them from being included in the Mr. Hawley’s definition?

A confused Mr. Hawley answered the question by asking another question: “Yeah. Well, I don’t know, do I? then, when asked by the reporter whether or not a woman would still be defined as such if she, for example, had lost her reproductive organs to cancer, he again answered with a question: “I want say, a woman has a vagina, right?”

Online reactions to the Missouri Republican politician’s stumbles were swift and relentless, with many taking time to point out the irony of the lawmaker struggling to answer the question he and his colleagues had for weeks mocked as simple .

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