A professor at Iowa State University in Ames is in the hot seat with one student after the educator permitted others in the classroom to refer to abortion and birth control as “women’s issues.”
The offended student argued in a complaint posted to the university’s “Campus Climate” portal that such a classification “erases trans men and people who are non-binary who get abortions and/or use birth control,” according to The College Fix.
The conversation in the classroom reportedly became tense after the professor, who has not been named, allowed the discussion about abortion to continue on purely biological terms, meaning only women — people physically capable of becoming pregnant — can undergo abortions. The student complained to administration that the educator offered “no push back … to get students to be more inclusive and instead repeated this erasure.”
As a result, the student bemoaned, other classmates were allowed to continue believing only women are capable of becoming pregnant and having abortions.
A spokeswoman for the college, Angela Hunt, told The College Fix that complaints made on the online portal are “shared with campus partners who follow normal protocols for their unit.”
“Reports through the website are referred to the appropriate partner who will determine what, if any, next steps will be taken by their administrative unit,” she added.
News about the Iowa State professor comes around the same time conservative radio host Dennis Prager faced criticism for making the point on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” that it’s “a lie” to suggest “that men can menstruate” — a claim host Bill Maher argued no one is making.
“Check it out, folks. Anyone who says a man cannot menstruate is considered transphobic,” Prager said. “Just Google it.”
Maher, for his part, simply laughed off Prager’s comment.