Ted Cruz gets publicly schooled after trying to mansplain pregnancy

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While Republican politicians have always been studiously and unrepentantly hostile to the sciences, it still befuddles the mind to realize just how ignorant they can be of basic human physiology — and how much power they wield to control reproductive functions they don’t have the slightest understanding of.

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, a religious extremist with regressively misogynistic views that would be quite popular among the Taliban, sparked outrage online this week when he and 20 of his fellow Republican zealots started a campaign to get the Food and Drug Administration to classify an abortion pill as “dangerous” and an “imminent hazard to the public health.”

In his tweet, Cruz claimed that “pregnancy is not a life-threatening illness,” making it clear that he has no idea of the risks that pregnancy can pose to America’s women — and that he couldn’t care less about their well-being.

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If he actually cared about these issues, he would know that maternal mortality rates in the United States are the worst in the developed West; we rank 55th in the world, right behind Russia and ahead of Ukraine. Much of this is due to the inhumane, exploitative, and unfathomably byzantine for-profit healthcare system that Cruz and his cronies fight tooth and nail to protect.

Unsurprisingly, he’s also very wrong about the dangers of Mifeprex, which is very safe to use — but apparently the approval of the scientists at the Food and Drug Administration isn’t good enough for Cruz.

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There is nobody less qualified to tell women what choices they should make about their own health than Ted Cruz, and the women of Twitter quickly put him in his place:

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