Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed that barring biological men from women’s sports would lead to “genital examinations” for all underage women.
She made this assertion during a House Oversight Subcommittee on Health hearing, arguing that such measures would expose women and girls to potential privacy violations.
This claim comes after a controversial provision in an Ohio state proposal was removed, which would have required “internal and external” exams to confirm a student-athlete’s gender. (Trending: Joe Biden Admits He’s ‘Not Sure’ About Running If Trump Wasn’t)
“We are talking about opening up all women and girls to genital examinations when they are underage, potentially just because someone can point to someone and say, I don’t think you are a girl,” claimed AOC.
“And we’re saying this in an environment of a post-Dobbs America, where states are criminalizing access to abortion and want nothing more than data on women to figure out when, who’s getting a menstrual cycle, who doesn’t have one, and we’re supposed to believe this is going to make us better and safer?” asked the New York Democrat.
“I think not, and, per usual, I don’t believe we’re sitting here on a panel of men that has actually thought about the biology and privacy consequences of all women, trans or cisgendered,” declared Ocasio-Cortez.
The hearing also saw clashes between women’s sports advocate Riley Gaines and Rep. Summer Lee, who labeled the testimonies of women leaders advocating for restrictions on women’s sports as “transphobic.”
“I’m not sure why that’s in the bill, it’s unnecessary,” State Senate President Matt Huffman said about the genital inspection provision.
“All of these tests can be done with a simple DNA swab,” Huffman added.
“There’s a place for everybody to play sports in this country,” said Riley Gaines.
“But unsafe, unfair and discriminatory practices must stop,” she demanded.
“Inclusion cannot be prioritized over safety and fairness,” declared Gaines.
“And ranking member Lee, if my testimony makes me ‘transphobic,’ then I believe your opening monologue makes you a misogynist,” concluded he swimmer.