Republicans’ Women’s Rights Bill Only Encourages Hatred Against Transgender People

Republicans in both chambers of Congress have proposed a “Women’s Bill of Rights” resolution that doesn’t include any actual rights other than a discriminatory ‘right’ against transgender women. The bill claims that defining concepts like ‘woman’, ‘man’, ‘mother’, and ‘father’ using biological sex as the marker protects women’s rights, even though it really just encourages violence against the trans community.

“Congressional Republicans have introduced a resolution creating a “Women’s Bill of Rights” that mentions just one right, but only for cis women: the right to not see trans women in a public restroom. The rest of the Women’s Bill of Rights is about definitions and the government’s powers. “The Democrats are erasing women and the spaces that are uniquely ours,” Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ), who is trying to get the resolution passed in the House. Despite leading Republicans on the Women’s Bill of Rights, she has been endorsed by Arizona Right to Life and the Susan B. Anthony List because of her staunch opposition to reproductive freedom. The House version of the resolution has 11 co-sponsors and the Senate version was introduced by Sens. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MO), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), who just got booed last week for mocking transgender people at a commencement speech and then lied about what she said, getting booed even more. The Republican Women’s Bill of Rights lists six points that it affirms. The first three are definitions. The fourth is about the right of cis women to not see trans women in certain spaces. And the last two are about the government’s actions, not women’s rights. The resolution’s first point says, “for purposes of Federal law, a person’s ‘sex’ means his or her biological sex (either male or female) at birth,” without saying exactly how that should be determined. While several physical aspects of people’s bodies are associated with gender, like chromosomes, genitalia, and hormone levels, they don’t necessarily align and have often been used to tell some women – especially women of color – that they’re not really women.”

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