Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro claimed during the first primary debate on Wednesday night that men can have children and abortions.
Debate moderator Lester Holt noted that everyone on the stage supports abortion, and asked Castro, the former secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), if his government health care plan would cover abortions. (RELATED: The Surrender Of Pro-Life Democrats)
“Yes it would,” Castro replied. “I don’t believe only in reproductive freedom, I believe in reproductive justice. What that means is just because a woman or, let’s also not forget, someone in the trans community — a trans female — is poor does not mean they should not have the ability to exercise that right to choose.”
“Trans females,” however, refers to men who identify as or have transitioned to become women. Because they do not have women’s reproductive systems, they are not capable of getting pregnant nor having an abortion.
Castro, in his attempt to call out the trans community, likely meant to refer to trans men, who are biologically female and are, depending on the stage of their transition, able to get pregnant.