Matt Gaetz says women who ‘look like a thumb’ shouldn’t worry about abortion access in misogynistic speech

“Disgusting” women who “look like a thumb” are “less likely to get pregnant” and have no reason to support abortion rights, Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz said in his openly misogynistic remarks at a right-wing student conference in Florida.

“Did you attend these pro-abortion and pro-murder rallies? People are just disgusting,” the Florida representative said in a speech at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit in Tampa on July 23.

“Like, why are the women least likely to get pregnant the most worried about having an abortion?” he said. “No one wants to impregnate you if you look like a thumb.”

He continued, “These people are hateful inside and out. They’re like, 5’2”, 350 pounds, like, ‘Give me my abortions or I’ll get up and march and protest.’ And I’m thinking – March? Looks like you have weaker ankles than the legal reasoning behind Roe x Wade. Some of them need to get up and march. They need to get up and march an hour a day. Swing those arms, get the blood pumping, maybe mix it into a salad.”

When asked to comment following widespread criticism, a spokesperson for Gaetz’s Congressional office said The Independent that his “speech speaks for itself”.

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to abortion care in a landmark decision in Dobbs x Jackson Women’s Health Organization on June 24th. The decision overturned half-century precedents set by Roe x Wade and affirmed in 1992 Planned Parenthood vs Casey.

“How many of the women who protest against the overthrow roe are overeducated and unloved millennials who sadly return from the protests to a solitary microwave dinner with their cats, not [Bumble] matches?” Gaetz wrote on Twitter in May, following the publication of a leaked draft of the court’s opinion.

After the ruling, at least eight states — Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin — banned abortion entirely in almost all cases. 26 states are expected to severely restrict or ban access to abortion in the coming weeks and months, forcing patients in those states to give birth or travel hundreds or thousands of miles for legal care.

Gaetz was among 195 House Republicans who voted against a bill to protect the right of access to contraception on July 21. (Only eight Republicans voted in favor.)

He also joined 209 House Republicans who voted against the Women’s Health Protection Act – which would codify the right to abortion – on July 15.

Gaetz also voted against the Abortion Access Guarantee Act, which would protect the right of abortion patients living in states that have banned or severely restricted care to travel to other states without risking prosecution or legal action in their home states. origin.

Only three Republicans joined all Democrats in support.

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