The thesis of the petition is quite simple: biological sex should be determined biologically. Nothing controversial about it, right? Hardly. These days, not only is such a thesis controversial. It is also considered bigoted. How dare you say that males are male and females are female. What’s more, how dare you say that there are only males and females.
Before looking at the controversy, let’s look at the petition.
It was launched on December 4 and is addressed to Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, U.S. Department of Justice, Secretary Alex Azar, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Secretary Betsy DeVos, U.S. Department of Education.
The petition begins by saying that, “We, the undersigned medical, legal, and policy organizations and individuals applaud the Trump Administration’s intention to uphold the scientific definition of sex in federal law and policy, such that girls and women will regain their sex-based legal protections, and the human rights of all will be preserved.”
In support of a leaked memo from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in October, the petition hopes that the HHS will continue “leading an effort to have a uniform, scientifically based, definition of sex across the various agencies.”
This is in response to efforts by the Obama administration to conflate biological sex with gender expression, thereby changing the intent of some key federal laws.
Instead, the petition states that:
1) According to the Institute of Medicine, sex is a narrowly defined biological term.
2) Human sex is a binary, biologically determined, and immutable trait from conception forward.
3) Sex differences are real and consequential.
4) Individuals who identify as transgender deserve optimal medical treatment which is influenced by biological sex.
5) Sex is not a spectrum; congenital disorders are not additional sexes.
6) Gender identity is not an immutable trait found anywhere in the body, brain, or DNA.
7) The claim that upholding the scientific definition of sex will increase suicide among transgender identifying people is false.
8) Upholding the scientific definition of sex in law and policy protects everyone’s right to privacy, protection and equal treatment, especially that of girls and women.
9) As the biological men and women they are, transgender-identified individuals possess the same human dignity and right to the equal protection of the law as all Americans.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Brown