For some reason, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) felt a need to humiliate himself while the entire internet watched, suggesting that somehow transgenderism could be tied to the debate over abortion rights.
On Thursday morning, Rubio sent out a tweet that read:
If we have “pregnant people” then how can Roe be about “a woman’s right to choose”?
See what Rubio is attempting to do? He wants to mock the transgender community and also scoff at those who are worried about what will happen post-Roe v. Wade. Or, as Danielle J. Brown notes in the Florida Phoenix:
Rubio’s tweet criticizes efforts by some Roe-supporters to use gender-inclusive language when discussing abortion rights. The term “pregnant people” works to encompass all those who may seek abortions, which would include cisgender women, transgender men and non-binary people.
Abortion rights advocates have been protesting in support of upholding abortions access, with some emphasizing the need to include transgender people, who do not identify as women but still may need abortions, in those discussions.
Rubio’s tweet also comes in the same week that he put forth legislation that would prevent companies from paying for their employees to travel out of state for abortions or gender reassignment surgery:
This week, he filed a bill called the “No Tax Breaks for Radical Corporate Activism Act,” according to a press release sent out by his office Wednesday.
The goal, according to the press release, is to “prohibit employers from deducting expenses related to their employees’ abortion travel costs or so-called ‘gender affirming care’ for young children of their employees.”
The bill simply says that such deductions cannot occur for “travel for the purpose of obtaining an abortion,” but goes on for 6.5 pages on the specifics of the transgender care.
It defines gender as the “psychological, behavioral, social, and cultural aspects of being male or female.”
Rubio was pelted with righteous anger for his tweet: