GOP Rep. Debbie Lesko of Arizona

House Republicans Seek To Answer The Defining Question Of Our Age: What Is A Woman?

GOP Rep. Debbie Lesko of Arizona
GOP Rep. Debbie Lesko of Arizona

In a congressional hearing, podcasts, and even a movie due out this week, conservatives have sought to counter to the cultural power of LGBTQ activists with a simple question:

What is a woman?

Now, Republicans in Congress seek to answer that question and codify it in law.

GOP Rep. Debbie Lesko of Arizona recently filed a resolution that would establish a “Women’s Bill of Rights” that is designed, as the measure says, “to reaffirm legal protections afforded to women under Federal law.”

In its preamble, the legislation notes, “Males and females possess unique and immutable biological differences that manifest prior to birth and increase as they age and experience puberty.”

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Those differences, in turn, “mean that only females may get pregnant, give birth, and breastfeed children,” and because men tend to be on average larger and stronger than females, those biological differences also “can expose females to more harm than males from specific forms of violence, including sexual violence.”

In addition, since women “have achieved inspirational and significant accomplishments in education, athletics, and employment,” and since “recent misguided court rulings related to the definition of ‘sex’ have led to endangerment of spaces and resources dedicated to women,” it is necessary to clarify “certain terms.”

And among those terms is “sex.” According to Lesko’s bill, for purposes of federal law, sex ought to s person’s biological sex “at birth.”

To further make the distinction, the bill ads that, for the sake of federal laws addressing sex, “the terms ‘woman’ and ‘girl’ refer to human females, and the terms ‘man’ and ‘boy’ refer to human males,” while the word “mother” means “a parent of the female sex” and “father” is defined as “a parent of the male sex.

“There are important reasons to distinguish between the sexes with respect to athletics, prisons, domestic violence shelters, restrooms, and other areas, particularly where biology, safety, and privacy are implicated,” the measure notes.

Thus, to comply with federal laws that require state and local governments to collect or report data based on sex, such as federal antidiscrimination laws, “agencies are required to base such data on the biological sex of individuals at birth,” the bill notes.

In a statement about the bill, Lesko said, “I am proud to introduce the Women’s Bill of Rights to affirm the importance of acknowledging women and their unique and distinguishing characteristics and contributions to our nation.”

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“As the Left continues to erase women, we must fight for women and their place in our society. Whether it’s keeping the word ‘mother’ in written law or ensuring women’s domestic violence shelters do not have to accept biological men, we must stand up for women.”

Lesko’s bill has 13 GOP co-sponsors in the House, while in the Senate, Republican Sens. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi, Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, and Ted Cruz of Texas have put forward a similar measure.

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