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12/12/2018 / By Vicki Batts
Thousands of physicians, psychiatrists, and attorneys have applauded the Trump administration’s proposal that at the legal level, the definition of gender should be informed by science, and not by political agenda — and now, they’ve created a petition to help keep science sane, and to help preserve the rights of biological girls and women.
One of the most ironic things about the “trans” debate is the simple fact that granting men the rights of women is an innate infringement on the rights of women. Consider the public restroom controversy: No one would deny that single-user restrooms are preferable to stalls, but that’s not always an option. Women should be able to expect privacy and safety in a restroom — and yet, earlier this year, a 5-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in a school restroom, by a boy who identifies as a girl.
This is exactly the kind of thing that we should be trying to avoid, but the “politically correct” dogma of the Left seemingly dictates that the rights of women can be compromised to benefit a minority group, like trans people. Indeed, where are the women’s rights activists when a trans person is the perpetrator of a sexual assault against a little girl? Where are the cries of misogyny or sexism, where is the outrage? Outrage is only acceptable when it applies to opponents of the radical Left and their agenda.
The petition to uphold the scientific definition of sex in federal law and policy has nearly 13,000 signatures so far. As the petition states:
On February 22, 2017, the Department of Justice, in conjunction with the Department of Education, sent a Dear Colleague letter rescinding unprecedented “guidance” the previous administration had issued to expand the definition of sex in Title IX to include gender identity. On October 4, 2017, the Department of Justice issued a Memorandum regarding Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to clarify that gender identity is not legally included in the definition of sex, pointing out that the ordinary meaning of “sex” is biologically based. The New York Times article on Oct. 21, 2018 regarding a leaked memo from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) leads us to believe that HHS is continuing this trend and leading an effort to have a uniform, scientifically based, definition of sex across the various agencies. We write to applaud and encourage this effort.
The authors of the petition go on to affirm that biological sex does not exist on a spectrum, and that congenital disorders do not constitute additional sexes. “The final result of sex development in humans is unambiguously male or female over 99.98 percent of the time,” the petition states.
Written by a team of professionals, the petition further asserts that human sex is “a binary, biologically determined, and immutable trait from conception forward.” It is truly sad that we live in a world where this not only needs to be said, but there needs to be an actual petition to mandate this fact be upheld as truth.
The writers go on to state that any claim that sex is a spectrum has no basis in reality. “Gender identity,” they say, is simply “an awareness of, and comfort level with, one’s physical body.” In other words, gender identity is a matter of feelings, not science.
While proponents of the trans identity say that affirming the binary, biological nature of human sex will be detrimental to the mental health of trans people, the petitions’ authors acknowledge these concerns, stating that trans people are deserving of “optimal medical treatment,” which they note is often influenced by biological sex. While it is true that trans people are at a higher risk of mental illness and suicidal ideation, the authors state that social and medial “gender transition and affirmation” is not shown to mediate suicide rates.
This petition, which you can sign here, is not just to keep science grounded in reality, but to protect the rights of both sexes. Maybe it will help prevent future generations from being brainwashed, too.
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