Can you imagine being forced to contradict your deepest beliefs at work? For example, what if you were forced to perform a surgery to remove a patient’s healthy tissue or organs, contrary to your professional judgment and beliefs? Or what if you were required to ignore the basic, scientific fact that males and females are different? Sadly, this isn’t just a matter of imagination. The government is attempting to force these scenarios upon Americans through an illegal attempt to redefine the word “sex” in federal law.
The Biden administration is trying to redefine “sex” to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in various federal statutes, including the Affordable Care Act and Title IX. The Affordable Care Act—should the change be instituted—could force medical providers to perform harmful, dangerous, and life-altering procedures against their religious and ethical beliefs. This would leave many medical providers in the impossible position of either acting against their consciences and better judgment or losing their jobs.
Health care professionals who disagree with the new gender ideology would be prevented from bringing their whole selves to work. Religious patients would have a harder time finding doctors who respect their faith-based convictions.
In response to this radical agenda, doctors in Texas filed a lawsuit. However, it isn’t only medical professionals who would be hurt by this rewriting of federal law. The Affordable Care Act relies on Title IX’s sex discrimination language, which means that female athletes would also lose athletic opportunities.
There is a real human cost to abandoning a correct understanding of “sex” and embracing the claim that men can be women. One cost is the sacrifice of women and girls’ athletic opportunities. Women fought long and hard for equal opportunities. And Title IX was enacted to give women and girls equal access to education and sports. But when “sex” is redefined to include gender identity, it opens the door for males to compete in women’s sports. To protect women’s athletic opportunities, several female athletes filed a friend-of-the-court brief to argue for the preservation of Title IX and the future of women’s sports.
Chelsea Mitchell was one of the female athletes who signed onto the brief. She was an All-American long jumper and sprinter who personally felt the cost of being forced to compete against male athletes through all four years of high school. Chelsea won numerous state championships in sprinting and jumping events in her athletic career. However, after two males began competing in the women’s category, she lost four championship titles to those athletes. These two males broke 17 girls’ individual meet records, deprived girls of more than 85 opportunities to advance to the next level of competition, and won 15 women’s state championship titles.
Madison Kenyon had a similar experience running cross-country and track. She faced a male athlete in her first collegiate cross-country race and saw this athlete displace female teammates and competitors numerous times. She raced against that competitor five times, and not only lost, but was bumped down in the rankings every time.
These two experiences are prime examples of how vital it is to differentiate sports based on the female and male sexes. Allowing men to compete in women’s sports undermines the purpose of Title IX: It was written to set up women for success, not erase biological distinctions.
Along with doctors and female athletes, the Biden administration’s attempt to redefine “sex” in the law will also deprive students and professors of free speech on campus, usurp parental rights to make education and health care decisions for their children, and allow men to share women’s intimate spaces.
Thankfully, a federal court recognized the absurdity of this gross overreach of executive authority and recently rejected the administration’s bold attempt to rewrite federal law, ruling that “Title IX’s protections center on differences between the two biological sexes—not SOGI [sexual orientation, gender identity] status.” This ruling protects doctors, female athletes, students, and professors.
This decision drives home the point that female athletes deserve to compete on a fair and level playing field with other women, and federal law needs to protect these equal opportunities. Federal law also needs to protect the rights of doctors to work in a manner consistent with their conscience and religious beliefs. The ruling is a hopeful step towards protecting doctors’ and women’s rights and recognizing the scientific fact that men and women are different.
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