Women have made a lot of progress over the past 100 years. We can vote, go to college, and compete in women’s athletics. I’ve been blessed to do all three without giving it much reflection.
But now, a legislative priority of the Biden administration threatens this progress.
Last week, the so-called “Equality Act” was re-introduced in Congress. With a Democrat-controlled House and Senate, the passage of such legislation is more likely than ever before. And President Joe Biden has promised to sign the “Equality Act” into law if it makes it to his desk.
The “Equality Act” would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected classes to federal nondiscrimination laws. And while this might sound nice in the abstract, the practical effects are anything but.
At its core, the “Equality Act” would eliminate the equal opportunities and fair playing fields women have worked so hard to achieve. Let’s take a look at how this legislation would threaten women’s rights if passed.
Women’s Privacy and Safety
If passed, the “Equality Act” would violate women’s and girls’ privacy, safety, and dignity by opening sex-specific facilities to members of the opposite sex. Unfortunately, with the passage of similar legislation at local and state levels, we’ve already seen the effects of such a policy across the nation.
Take, for example, the Downtown Hope Center. Their women’s homeless shelter provides a safe place for women who’ve survived sex trafficking, rape, and domestic violence. But the city of Anchorage attempted to use a city law similar to the “Equality Act” to force the Downtown Hope Center to allow men who identify as female to sleep just three feet away from the women it serves.
In Pennsylvania, Alexis Lightcap, then a junior at Boyertown Area Senior High School, unexpectedly encountered a boy in the girls’ restroom. Shocked and embarrassed, Alexis fled from the bathroom and went to her teacher, who directed her to the class principal. Alexis was dismayed to learn that her school had quietly made policy changes permitting boys who claim to be female to use the girls’ locker rooms and restrooms.
Instead of listening to her concerns, the school administration made Alexis feel as if she were the problem for feeling uncomfortable, unsafe, and vulnerable with a boy in her bathroom. ADF represented Alexis and several of her classmates in a lawsuit against the school .
Title IX was passed to ensure that women would receive equal opportunities in education. But the “Equality Act” would allow biological males who identify as female to compete with women for athletic scholarship opportunities.
At Connecticut’s indoor track and field championships, for example, competitor Selina Soule and her female fellow athletes were cheated out of a fair opportunity to compete because the athletic conference allowed two boys who identify as female to compete against the girls. Not surprisingly, the two male athletes placed first and second in the 55-meter dash, their times significantly better than any of the female athletes.
As one girl said, “Why even try?”
In that same event, Selina missed advancing to the final round because two of those spots were taken by male athletes.
Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a lawsuit against the state’s athletic association on behalf of Selina and three other female athletes.
Are these really the results we would like to see replicated across the country? I know I don’t.
Yet, these are just a few examples of what would happen if the “Equality Act” becomes the law of the land. And the results spell trouble for the progress women have made toward true equal treatment.
The bottom line is that our laws must respect freedom and promote justice for every citizen, no matter who they are. But that is not what the “Equality Act” does. Instead, it threatens Americans’ fundamental liberties. And that is something no American should stand for.
That’s where you come in.
Will you commit to standing for the American promises of life and liberty upon which this nation was founded?
Every generation faces a unique moment when it is called on to protect the guarantee of liberty enshrined in our Constitution. This is our moment. This is your moment.
If you believe that the American promises of life and liberty are worth defending, please sign the statement.
- I stand for America’s founding principles: that all men are created equal with inalienable, God-given rights.
- I stand against any unlawful effort by the Biden administration to restrict my constitutional liberties.
- I stand for freedom and will join Alliance Defending Freedom to preserve free speech, religious freedom, the sanctity of life, parental rights, and marriage and family.
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