ADF: HHS upholds federal law by affirming longstanding definition of ‘sex’
The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Kellie Fiedorek regarding the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ proposed rule announced Friday that would apply the plain meaning of the word “sex” to Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act and ensure that its regulations—including regulations applying Title IX, which was designed to protect women—are enforced consistent with its ordinary meaning:
“Congress has consistently used the word ‘sex’ in laws like Title VII, Title IX, and the Affordable Care Act to mean a person’s biological sex as male or female. The Trump administration is right to issue a proposed rule that affirms the government’s longstanding interpretation of ‘sex.’ Replacing the objective concept of sex with subjective gender identity, as some courts and the prior administrative have tried to do, has far-reaching consequences, including for women’s sports, school locker rooms, and homeless women’s shelters. Confirming the clear meaning of sex as grounded in human biology ensures that women will continue to have equal opportunities in sports, school, and work, and it protects the privacy rights of all Americans.”
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