Jose Oliva, Florida’s House Speaker called pregnant women “host bodies” FIVE times during an interview with CBS Miami.
The conservative Catholic and a Republican repeatedly referred to pregnant women as “host bodies” while discussing abortion, for which he was widely criticized.
His use of the clinical term “host body” did not appear to be accidental, according to CBS Miami.
The conservative Catholic lawmaker said during the interview that the challenge is that there are two lives involved, and he believes that no lives should be taken. He noted that it’s a complex issue because there’s a host body and the host body has to have a certain amount of rights, because, at the end of the day, it’s that body that carries the entire “other body” to term.
He also noted that a human body can exist outside of its host body earlier and earlier, so one has to think until what time does the host body have veto power over the other life.
Terrie Rizzo, Florida Democratic Party Chair called Oliva’s comments “misogynistic, dehumanizing, and hurtful”, and declared that one would expect to hear this offensive language in the Handmaid’s Tale, and not from the Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives.
Oliva has insulted Florida women and has made it clear that he will not be their champion in Tallahassee.
The conservative Catholic lawmaker has since said that his usage of the term “host bodies” was just “an attempt to use terminology found in medical ethics”, and he issued the following statement of apology: