The push to erase sex in our nation continues to escalate, and what happened in Congress late last week takes the cake.
We’ve shared with you about the threats of the so-called Equality Act in Congress, the uphill battle to preserve girls’ sports in state legislatures, as well as the widespread push to make cross-sex hormones and gender-altering surgeries available to children.
But over the weekend, attempts to erase sex and demean the essence and uniqueness of womanhood was taken to a whole new level.
On the eve of Mother’s Day, the Democrat-led House of Representatives held a hearing entitled “Birthing While Black: Examining America’s Black Maternal Health Crisis.” During the May 6 hearing, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform set out to “examine the maternal mortality and morbidity crisis experienced by Black birthing people.”
If you’re like me, this was the first time I had heard the term “birthing people.” I assumed, and soon received confirmation, that the Committee used this odd term in place of “mothers.”
This terminology begs the question: Why would anyone reduce the matchless privilege and responsibility of mothers to “birthing people”?
The term implies that 1) any person – man or woman – can be a mother, and 2) mothers’ sole function is to birth. I don’t believe I need to explain that this is offensive and degrading to mothers, grandmothers, and all women. Mothering is the most special, powerful blessing of womanhood that is reserved by God for women. And the most courageous, selfless mothers among us – adoptive mothers – know better than anyone that birthing is not required.
Congresswoman Cori Bush (D-MO) testified at the hearing and later tweeted with the phrase: “Every day, Black birthing people and our babies die because our doctors don’t believe our pain.”
NARAL (the abortion advocacy group) retweeted her, apparently in an effort to explain this new terminology while ratcheting up the rhetoric even more: “When we talk about birthing people, we’re being inclusive. It’s that simple. We use gender-neutral language when talking about pregnancy, because it’s not just cis-gender women that can get pregnant and give birth. Reproductive freedom is for *every*body.”
This seems really basic, but I think NARAL needs to be reminded that only women can birth babies! In other words, there is no reason to “use gender-neutral language” when talking about mothers. And why can you not simply call mothers mothers?
Unfortunately, this bizarre redefinition of the most fundamental title in human history is evidence that liberal elites are intent on erasing sex – and especially womanhood – to achieve their pro-abortion, anti-family policy goals and to permanently alter society.
While the threats to erase sex are many, the biggest is found in the Equality Act, which has already been passed by the House and could be voted on by the Senate at any time.
The Equality Act also includes a ban on “pregnancy discrimination” and a new requirement for pregnancy “treatment”, which of course is code for abortion. As our friends at the Charlotte Lozier Institute point out, “The ‘abortion as health care’ campaign advanced by the Equality Act effectively defines the unborn child out of existence. It treats the child as merely a “physical condition” of the mother that health professionals are called on to address through corrective treatment.”
We are all too familiar with the negative effects of devaluing fatherhood over the last several decades. I shudder to think about the negative impact on families, children and all of society if we now debase mothers to “birthing people” and obliterate womanhood as some on the Left are clearly intending to do.
Take Action: Click here to send a message to your U.S. Senators. Tell them that mothers aren’t “birthing people” – and urge them to reject the Equality Act and all other measures that seek to erase sex.
Family Policy Alliance
THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BILLS OF THIS LEGISLATIVE SESSION!
The Fairness in Girls’ Sports bill (HB 1298) is currently in the Senate Judiciary Committee and will be voted on by the Senate shortly! It simply says that girls should always compete against girls in sports competitions. It’s just common sense. NOW is the time to contact Senators and ask them to vote YES on House Bill 1298. There are 3 ways to do this.
2. Call your own Senator. You can look up your Senator and their contact information here: Find My Legislators. Again, the main purpose is to ask your Senator to vote YES on House Bill 1298.
3. Email AND call Senators. Just do both the above things. I guarantee, they will definitely listen to you!
If this bill fails the Senate vote, it is over. Boys will be allowed to compete in girls’ sports and erase the most important equality wins for women over the past 50 years!
PLEASE HELP US PROTECT GIRLS’ SPORTS IN NORTH DAKOTA. Thank you in advance for contacting members of our Senate.
President and Executive Director
Last year, Idaho became the first state in the nation to pass Save Girls’ Sports legislation. Family Policy Alliance was honored to play a leading role in this win, yet we knew we couldn’t stop there. Protecting girls’ ability to compete fairly in athletics in one state is a good first step – but we must work to ensure girls win in every state in our nation.
Legislation like Idaho’s Fairness in Women’s Sports Act is crucial to preserving the rights of female athletes to compete on a level playing field – one without biological males. Save Girls’ Sports laws ensure that our daughters and granddaughters have the opportunity to win races, stand on the podium, earn titles and scholarships – and maybe even an Olympic medal. Sadly, without these legislative protections, biological males can and do take away our girls’ ability to triumph on the field, in the pool, and wherever athletic competition takes place.
In an effort to generate nationwide awareness and support for legislation to protect female athletes, FPA launched a campaign to #SaveGirlsSports last summer. Many of you took to social media to share personal stories and messages of support for protecting female sports. Some of you even posted videos and updated your profile picture with a #SaveGirlsSports filter we provided. Thousands of you visited our campaign website and signed our petition – which now has the endorsement of more than 9,500 Americans.
Through the fall and winter, we have continued our campaign to Save Girls’ Sports via social and traditional media, working in alliance with many likeminded organizations, and through direct contact with legislators supportive of our efforts.
I am thrilled to tell you that as of today, 20 states* have introduced Save Girls’ Sports legislation—and we know more are coming! So far, three of them – Mississippi, Montana, and North Dakota – have successfully passed a bill out of one chamber (House or Senate), and many more are currently considering bills at the committee level.
In addition, the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. (Thank you, Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)!)
This type of legislative success – at both the state and federal level, in just one year – is not only remarkable, but also very promising at a time when much happening in politics is discouraging. Policy changes tend to move very slowly; these results would not have happened without you!
We want to keep the momentum going! Here’s what you can do to help:
- If you haven’t done so already, sign our petition to #SaveGirlsSports. This show of widespread support makes a real statement to lawmakers who can move the ball forward.
- If your state is not one of the 20 in the nation to currently have Save Girls’ Sports legislation, contact your representatives and ask them to introduce a bill. (*See the list of states below.)
- If your state has Save Girls’ Sports legislation, contact your representatives and ask them to cosponsor the bill.
- Contact your U.S. representative and senators to ask them to support the federal Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act.
From all of us at Family Policy Alliance, thank you for taking action and making your voices heard to Save Girls’ Sports. You are truly making a difference!
For our daughters,
Family Policy Alliance
*States with Save Girls’ Sports legislation: Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah
The pushback on Twitter is off to a roaring start! After Twitter shut down our partners at Focus on the Family simply for stating a biological fact, you helped to expose what Twitter did and to push back in a huge way.
Already, the Family Policy Alliance tweet that challenged Twitter with the question, #AreWeNext, has been shared by many members of Congress, national and state leaders, and concerned citizens – and has been seen well over half a million times on Twitter.
But still, Twitter continues to block Focus on the Family from access to their Daily Citizen Twitter account – just for appropriately and accurately stating that a Biden appointee who identifies as transgender is “a man who believes he’s a woman.”
Will you help us turn up the heat on Twitter? Already, more than 10,000 Americans (including perhaps you!) have signed the petition to Twitter, but that number needs to grow in a big way.
We are urgently asking our friends and supporters for a special donation today to ratchet up the pressure on Twitter. Special funding is needed for digital ads, texting campaigns and more – to directly reach out to citizens and mobilize a grassroots army of Americans who care about freedom to speak the truth!
Will you contribute towards our goal of $15,000? Every gift – big or small – will make a real difference in this effort.
As you’ve seen from our emails, there is no shortage of policy battles that we are in the middle of in D.C. and around the country. But this action from Twitter cannot be allowed to stand. We cannot allow Big Tech to perceive that the American people will let them get away with shutting down the basic truth.
The momentum in this effort is exciting! Just today, other news outlets such as The Daily Wire have reported on our effort, and more national leaders are speaking out.
But it’s critical that we engage with a focused campaign to keep this in the headlines and mobilize vast numbers of Americans. Will you help make that happen with your gift today?
Yours for freedom to speak the truth,
P.S. What’s at stake is more than just one organization’s Twitter account. This is the battle for freedom of speech in our culture that is so impacted by a handful of Big Tech companies. Please help rally Americans to push back with your gift today!
We’ve all heard the classic folktale about the Emperor with no clothes. False “weavers” sold the unfortunate Emperor invisible “clothes,” and everyone around him only told him everything he wanted to hear, too afraid to speak the truth. It got so bad that the Emperor ultimately led an important procession before the crowds wearing nothing but his underwear, thinking he was wearing elaborate and fine clothing because everyone told him he was. What’s worse—he was too afraid to admit even to himself that he wasn’t wearing the fine clothing, desperate for their approval and admiration.
I’m sad to say that at only seven days in office, President Biden is already acting like an emperor, and he thinks he’s wearing fine clothing.
On his first day in office, President Biden issued an executive order directing his Administration to implement the transgender political agenda far and wide as a hat tip to the activists who supported his bid for office. This executive order is setting up a tsunami of policy changes that absolutely will affect every American family. With a stroke of his pen, he declared that the word “boy” can mean the word “girl.” Everyone, even those on the far left, knows that this can never be a physical reality, but President Biden’s words will make everyone pretend that it is.
Tell your governor and state legislators that President Biden’s transgender executive order must not stand!
He will attempt to force every public school to let boys play on girls’ athletic teams. He will insist that men (who say they are women) be housed at shelters specifically for women—even though those women have often been victims of sexual assault or domestic violence. He will attempt to force this ideology into every aspect of public-school curriculum—pre-kindergarten on up to high school. He plans to force doctors to perform physical interventions on children’s healthy bodies to make them better “identify” with the opposite sex—often rendering these children sterile and experimentally interrupting their natural onset of puberty, regardless of whether the doctor thinks this is in the child’s best interest. And on and on.
The truth of sex as male and female, as God uniquely designed us, is rightly so integrally woven throughout our law that the impact President Biden’s edict will have is not even comprehensible.
And yet the masses pretend right along with President Biden, no one daring to say otherwise. And his advisers and political activists on the Left call in “experts” to support their gender theory—telling him they’re giving him elaborate garments to wear.
But reality is worse than the folktale. In the story, only the Emperor is harmed as he embarrassingly wanders around in his underwear. In this case, Biden’s massive policy change will most directly harm women and children. What’s the point in shattering glass ceilings if men are really the ones holding the hammer? And how do we explain this to children whose lives and bodies have been irreparably harmed in order to further a lie?
And to top it all off, Joe Biden isn’t even an Emperor! Here in America, we aren’t supposed to have kings, thrones or edicts. Yet he’s walking around like the folktale emperor, attempting to make massive policy changes with his pen.
Here in America, we have three separate branches of government (Legislative, Judiciary and Executive) meant to serve as checks against one another. And, we have dual systems of government, the federal government and each state’s government, operating as sovereigns and serving as checks on one another. Policy changes are supposed to come from the branch most closely connected to the people, the Legislative branch—not the Executive branch, which holds the presidency.
In fact, the Legislative branch has been debating the kind of policy change President Biden wrote up out of thin air—a bill called the “Equality Act,” that would make a person’s LGBT status a protected class of the highest kind in law. This would give a person identifying as LGBT the same level of special protection in law that we give based on the classifications of race, national origin, and religion. This is an extremely dangerous policy, and Congress has rejected its passage every time.
President Biden and his advisers know all this—and how much work it actually takes to pass a law—so he attempted to make this sweeping change himself by writing it up as an executive order. He’s operating like an emperor, far outside the bounds of his executive branch authority.
So when we have a makeshift emperor wandering around, with no one daring to tell him he’s been sold fake clothes, and perhaps much of the country too busy to notice while they fight with each other, what are we as believers to do? Because we must do something!
What you can do to engage our government, in a manner worthy of the Gospel.
The beautiful thing about the folktale is that a little child is the one who finally speaks the truth and tells the emperor he’s not wearing any clothing. I love this because of the biblical connection—God’s Word tells us to be as little children. May we all have the childlike faith, boldness and love to engage in our system of government.
Individual families and the states themselves can push back against the direction the Biden Administration is moving—serving as a check on the government. For example, Biden’s executive order looks to force schools to permit boys in girls’ sports. But last year Family Policy Alliance helped Idaho pass a law specifically reserving girls’ sports for girls—and seven more states are already following Idaho’s lead this year, moving “save girls’ sports” legislation through the process. This sends a powerful message to Washington, D.C.
Especially when it comes to our children, we have to draw a hard line in our states, and the time is now. Join us in sending a message to your state legislators and governor: President Biden’s transgender agenda is outside his authority and harmful to children, and must be stopped.
Send your message now– it only takes one minute through our Action Center, which sends a message automatically to your state policymakers.
What you can do spiritually
Even when we disagree with our leaders, we are called to pray for them. So, we will continue to lift up President Biden and his advisers in prayer before the throne of Heaven. He has been deeply deceived on this issue and needs our prayers.
Please consider joining our prayer initiative, where we are praying and seeking to restore God as first in this country—Under God, One Nation. You can reserve a time where you will commit to lifting up our country and its leaders to our True King.
I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be the child telling the Emperor he’s been sold fake clothing than the Emperor’s advisors who feed him lies to protect themselves and seek their own interest.
For truth—and in love,
Vice President for Strategy
Thursday night, I witnessed something so disturbing I had to share it with you.
Here was the scene: A mom of two young children stood up during former Vice President Biden’s town hall event, and shared that her younger child (age 8) identifies as transgender –a boy who feels he’s a girl. As she listed various conservative policies on sex and gender (to which she was opposed), it was clear that this mother was concerned for the future of her child.
My heart goes out to that mom. We should have incredible compassion for those who are struggling to accept their God-given sex, and for their families. People who identify as transgender or who have gender dysphoria suffer not only with accepting their own bodies, but also with a myriad of other challenges including high suicide rates. Often, there’s also an underlying problem, such as abuse or challenges fitting in with a social group.
This is no small issue. Christians should be eager to help those who are suffering in this way.
But when someone is struggling to accept their body, our answer should not be to affirm that something is wrong with their body – to tell them that they need surgeries and hormones to “fix” what is “wrong” with them. Instead, it should be to reach out with compassion, find out what’s causing these feelings, and provide meaningful counseling to help individuals see that their bodies are fearfully and wonderfully made – just the way they are.
It’s not a “quick fix,” but we know that it can provide the lasting healing that transgender-identifying people so desperately need. And for moms like the one who spoke on Thursday night, they should receive the truth that around 85% of children who are struggling to accept their sex in childhood will reconcile with their biological sex by adulthood if they are not pushed to transition.
What is “transitioning”?
It’s a quick “fix.” It takes deep emotional pain and answers it with surgery and some pills. It offers the initial celebration of the LGBTQ + lobby – followed by the slow realization that the underlying pain is still there. Ultimately, initial evidence shows that long-term suicide rates are exponentially higher among those who “transition.”
That is a tragedy, and to push that outcome on a vulnerable child is so abhorrent some have called it child abuse.
So as this mom stood before former Vice President Biden, asking how he would respond to people like her 8-year-old child, there was much on the line. It was his opportunity to show that he wouldn’t cow-tow to the radical Left’s push for “transitions,” to show his compassion by speaking the truth in love.
But that’s not what happened.
Biden’s response? “I will flat out just change the law, and eliminate [President Trump’s] Executive Orders, number one.” He continued by talking about “the idea that an eight-year-old child, or a ten-year-old child, decides, ‘you know I want to be transgender, that’s what I think I’d like to be – it would make my life a lot easier.’”
Whether that comment was tongue-in-cheek or meant as support for the idea of “choosing to be transgender,” it’s clear it was supporting the idea of children identifying as transgender. And sadly, Biden’s words represent just the lie that the Left wants children to believe: that transition will make their lives easier, or at least better. But it won’t. It sets children up for a life of struggle and disappointment, scars of the body and the heart.
Meanwhile, the Trump Administration has taken the unpopular, but important, position of making policies based on the truth: we are born male and female, no amount of surgeries can truly change that, and to deny that hurts not only the people struggling with their gender, but others with whom they interact.
One clear example: if a male identifies as a female and wants to compete in a female sports division, he will naturally have physical advantages over the female athletes that place them at a disadvantage in their own sports division. It’s fundamentally unfair.
While President Trump’s Justice and Education departments have spoken in support of policies that ensure girls’ sports are reserved for girls, the Biden/Harris campaign says on their website that “transgender equality is the civil rights issue of our time,” and supports “transgender students’ access to sports, bathrooms, and locker rooms in accordance with their gender identity.”
The lines have been drawn. Now it’s our time to speak through voting.
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November 3 is coming quickly, and the stakes are high. Will you join us in prayer, and in sharing our voices through voting?
Policy and Communications Strategist
There has been a struggle going on over next door and I believe we can help. The people of Idaho have been struggling to preserve the opportunity for their girls to compete in sports.
Last month, Gov. Brad Little of our neighbor state, Idaho, signed legislation declaring opportunities intended for girls to compete in High School sports, which provides access to scholarships for college, should remain open only for biological girls.
Sponsored by female legislators, Rep. Barbara Ehardt (R-Idaho Falls) and Sen. Mary Souza (R-Coeur d’Alene), the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act would end recent policies forcing girls to compete against biological boys in girls’ sports if the boys receive cross-sex hormones for one year.
Most Americans believe that boys should not play in girls’ high school and college sports—a common-sense approach that was legally buttressed with the advent of Title IX in 1972. Yet that which was once unthinkable is becoming an increasingly common occurrence in school sports around the country. It has gotten so bad that three female high school track runners in Connecticut have sued their state athletic organization because several boys, who say they’re girls, keep winning girl championships, breaking records of girls, and taking opportunities from hardworking girls.
The two sexes have physiological, psychological, and anatomical differences, some of which are self-evident even to the casual observer and some which can only be seen through a microscope. Remarkably, even though both sexes share many of the same genes, some of those genes function differently in men and women.
Because it is a scientific fact that biological sex is immutable and there are measurable differences between male and female, it is sometimes appropriate for governments to implement policies that recognize these differences—for example, sex-segregated bathrooms, sex-specific public health guidelines or sex-specific athletic teams.
The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act recognizes the common-sense truth that boys should not play on girls’ teams. That girls should not be deprived of athletic opportunities, victories, and scholarships because they were forced to compete against boys.
Ask any student athlete, high school coach, or parent—allowing biological men to perform in women’s sports unfairly puts women and girls at a competitive disadvantage. The size, strength, bone structure, lung volume, and heart supply of the average male far outpaces most elite female athletes, even after the biological male undergoes hormone therapy.
This legislation doesn’t exclude anyone from sports. Instead, it simply requires that boys compete with boys and girls compete with girls—and that’s something we all should agree on.
Family Policy Alliance® was on the front lines in Idaho—sharing information with legislators, informing the public, and mobilizing concerned citizens. Now, The ACLU and others are threatening Idaho because of their stand for their girls.
Over the years, I’ve noticed that legislative precedent in the Rocky Mountain West influences the State of Wyoming. In Wyoming, we share a long border with Idaho. Many have family there or travel back and forth between the two states. I am asking you to reach out and support Gov. Little for his stand. Call your neighbors in Idaho and let them know that Wyoming supports them in their struggle to protect opportunities for their girls. A stand in support of our neighbors is a stand for Wyoming as well.
Last week I alerted you that the ACLU is suing the State of Idaho over the recently signed Fairness in Women’s Sports Act. The ACLU wants biological boys to be able to play in girls’ high school and college sports – even though the biological differences of boys put girls at a competitive disadvantage.
Many people responded by asking Idaho’s Attorney General to defend this important law.
Now I have fresh news to share with you. The State of Idaho is being sued again, this time over another new law that prevents changes to the sex marker on birth certificates. For those keeping score, that is two lawsuits filed in less than a week, both with the goal of erasing meaningful biological facts.
Lambda Legal, the New York-based LGBT advocacy group that filed the newest lawsuit, claims that people should be allowed to change the sex designation on their birth certificates by choice—even though inaccurate government identification documents make it harder for law enforcement, criminal justice, and public health officials to do their jobs well.
Why is Idaho in the crosshairs of leftist activists? Because the Gem State has made courageous—and first-in-the-nation—progress in pushing back against the radical transgender agenda this legislative session. As they say, the flak gets heaviest over the target—and gender radicalists know these laws will set back the progress they have been making, especially as other states follow the path blazed by Idaho.
Both laws are indispensable to protecting families and women. And I am confident that both laws would not have been enacted without Family Policy Alliance.
We worked closely with the legislative sponsors throughout the process. We mobilized thousands of Idahoans to urge their legislators to support these pieces of legislation. We lobbied legislators who were on the fence. And we made the case that Governor Brad Little should sign these bills into law.
Family Policy Alliance of Idaho was there on the ground, representing your values at the statehouse. Just like we do every legislative session.
But it’s clear that our work is far from over. These lawsuits mean Family Policy Alliance is needed more than ever. Will you partner with Family Policy Alliance in this work with a generous gift today? Your gift—of $25, $50, $100, $250 or more—will advance our values and protect our families, in Idaho and across our nation.
Thank you in advance for your prayers and financial support, which provide the resources to keep up the good fight for you, your family, and your community—just like we’ve been doing in Idaho.
Standing for your family,
Director of Advocacy – Idaho
The current transgender movement reminds me of a children’s story you might be familiar with: “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” It’s a short tale by Hans Christian Andersen about two fraudulent “weavers” who promise a vain Emperor a special new suit of clothes to be worn in a parade. They say the clothes will be invisible to those who are stupid, incompetent, or unfit for their positions. In reality, the weavers make no clothes at all, but instead make everyone believe the clothes are simply invisible to them.
The emperor leads the parade before his subjects in his new “clothes,” which are no clothes at all. No one dares to say they don’t see any suit of clothes on him for fear that they will be seen as stupid or incompetent. Finally, a child cries out, “But he isn’t wearing anything at all!”
Just because someone says or feels that something is true doesn’t mean it is true. Child-like common sense often saves the day.
People who struggle with gender dysphoria often sincerely feel that they were born in the wrong body and need to “transition” to living as the opposite sex, even though we know from science that their X and Y chromosomes are fixed. We should always have compassion for these folks and help them get appropriate treatment.
Some people, however, want to profit from their confusion. Like the weavers in the story, they affirm a lie and call it treatment.
Rhode Island’s Hasbro Children’s Hospital does this. They are dedicated to helping children with gender transitioning with or without parental approval. Their website says…“We give all youth the opportunity to speak to their clinician alone during their visit. Our clinic welcomes parent involvement, but we also try to encourage our patients to speak for themselves… .”
AFA Journal carried a great article about this. It was written by Dr. Michelle Cretella, a licensed pediatrician, wife, mom and Executive Director of the American College of Pediatricians and is well worth the read: “Truth Vs. Transgender Insanity.”
There really is absolute truth and it would seem that, like the child in the story, others are beginning to speak out. In 2018, two boys in a Connecticut High School claimed they were girls and ran in the state track meet for girls and took first and second honors. This was unfair to the girls. Boys have certain physiological advantages over girls, such as higher bone density and greater cardiovascular capacity, that make it difficult or impossible for girls to compete. Three Connecticut H.S. track stars, who unjustly lost to the biological boys, have filed a lawsuit against the authorities which allowed this to happen. Christiana Holcomb of Alliance Defending Freedom is representing the CT girls.
More recently, Idaho passed the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act. Rep. Barbara Ehardt, herself a former athlete, introduced this bill which keeps biological boys from playing in girls’ sports. Dr. Cretella had a part in the drafting and Blaine Conzatti of Family Policy Alliance of Idaho generated a lot of support to help get it passed. Last week, the ACLU sued the state of Idaho over this bill. You can help this commonsense law stay in place by asking Idaho’s Attorney General to defend the law in court.
As Christians we are called to share the truth in love. While the “weavers” of the world try to profit off the confusion and hurt of those struggling with gender dysphoria, we have an opportunity to be like the child who spoke the truth, and to encourage meaningful help for those who need it.
Board Chairman – Rhode Island
Late yesterday, Gov. Brad Little of Idaho signed into law two measures that are the first of their kind in the nation. Please join us in thanking Gov. Little by sending him a message.
“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him;
male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27, NKJV).
The Bible teaches that God created all of humankind as male and female. These two sexes have physiological, psychological, and anatomical differences—many of which are self-evident even to the casual observer.
Some of these differences are so obvious that they can be visually observed. Some can only be seen through a microscope. Remarkably, even though both sexes share many of the same genes, some of those genes function differently in men and women.
Because it is a scientific fact that biological sex is immutable and there are measurable differences between male and female, it is sometimes appropriate for governments to implement policies that recognize these differences—for example, sex-segregated bathrooms, sex-specific public health guidelines or sex-specific athletic teams.
That’s why I’m so excited to share the progress made this year by the State of Idaho in respecting the real and measurable differences between male and female. The Gem State is leading the way in preserving important sex distinctions that have been indispensable in protecting opportunities and safety for women.
First, consider our Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, which was just signed by Idaho Governor Brad Little. Most Americans believe that boys shouldn’t play in girls’ high school and college sports—a common-sense approach that was legally buttressed with the advent of Title IX in 1972.
Yet that which was once unthinkable is becoming an increasingly common occurrence in school sports around the country. It has gotten so bad that three female high school track runners in Connecticut have sued their state athletic organization because several boys, who say they’re girls, keep winning championships, breaking records, and taking opportunities from hardworking girls.
That’s why the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, which ensures only biological females can play in girls’ school sports, was so necessary. This brand-new law will help save girls’ sports and preserve athletic opportunities for our daughters!
Second, state lawmakers passed the Idaho Vital Statistics Act, which ensures the accuracy of birth certificates, the most important state vital record.
A few years back, the U.S. District Court of Idaho engaged in a gross act of judicial activism, redefining “sex” as fluid and self-determined, and ultimately overturning state policy that required the “sex” marker on birth certificates match an individual’s biological sex.
The Idaho Vital Statistics Act restores factual accuracy to birth certificates by preventing people from changing their sex marker on their birth certificates.
Without accurate birth certificates, law enforcement officials will have a harder time identifying suspects and victims, and public health officials can’t compile accurate statistics. Furthermore, just imagine the mess that occurs in the criminal justice system and in women’s domestic violence shelters when it becomes impossible to quickly and conclusively determine a person’s biological sex.
Family Policy Alliance of Idaho was on the front lines for both of these bills—sharing information with legislators, informing the public, and mobilizing Idahoans. We worked closely with the legislative sponsors to enact laws that restore common sense in these areas.
Will you join us in thanking Gov. Little? With all of the attacks that he is getting from the ACLU and others, I know he’d appreciate hearing from people around the country who value his actions.
And for everyone who stands with Family Policy Alliance through your prayers, your actions, and your financial support, thank you for making these victories possible—in Idaho and throughout the nation in the days to come.
Director of Advocacy
Family Policy Alliance of Idaho