Joe Biden's first day in the Oval Office was a sad day for American women and girls who were "erased from the law," says an attorney with The Heritage Foundation.
A few hours after being inaugurated, President Joe Biden signed an executive order mandating the transgender agenda in bathrooms and sports. Titled "Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation," the first section of the order states:
"Every person should be treated with respect and dignity and should be able to live without fear, no matter who they are or whom they love. Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports. Adults should be able to earn a living and pursue a vocation knowing that they will not be fired, demoted, or mistreated because of whom they go home to or because how they dress does not conform to sex-based stereotypes. People should be able to access healthcare and secure a roof over their heads without being subjected to sex discrimination. All persons should receive equal treatment under the law, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation."
Opening the floodgates to transgendering of schools
"The organizations advising the Biden administration and the people it's hiring to run the federal government have recommended that the administration start requiring every single recipient of federal funds to follow these same rules – and that includes almost all of the Christian universities, many private Christian schools [that] are receiving federal funds ….
"So, basically they're going to do what leftists do, which is use every single pressure point that they can possibly find to advance their war on family, their war on sex, their war on children in order to win more power."
"The problem here is that when Republicans held Congress in the first two years of Trump's term, they did nothing to codify any of [the religious protections] for their voting constituencies who very much care about this religious liberty issue; who very much believe in the obvious reality that men and women are distinct sexes.
"Republicans failed to use their power to protect their constituents and to do the right thing – and therefore the only thing left was to govern by executive order, which obviously can be repealed any time there's a different executive in play … which is exactly what's happening right now."
Joy Pullman, executive editor
(on "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins")
Emilie Kao with The Heritage Foundation says Biden – despite all his talk about "unity" – has shown he is "committed to advancing a radically divisive transgender agenda" and has set women back decades.
"While we do believe that every person should be protected from unjust discrimination, unfortunately this executive order doesn't do that," says Kao. "What it does is punish disagreement on issues like gender identity and same-sex marriage. We're very concerned about the effect that it would have on children, and especially on young women and girls."
Speaking of young women and girls, the issue of females having to compete against biological males in sports has been debated both on the playing field and in the court system. The argument from law firms, including Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), is that biological females having to compete against biological males is unfair and a violation of Title IX.
ADF attorney Christiana Holcomb released this statement to One News Now:
"Unfortunately, the Biden administration wasted no time in demanding policies that gut legal protections for women by denying female athletes fair competition in sports, ignoring women's unique health needs, and forcing vulnerable girls to share intimate spaces with men who identify as female.
"Under a similar policy ADF is challenging in Connecticut, two males identifying as girls have taken 15 women's state championship titles, depriving numerous female athletes of medals, advancement opportunities, and fair competition.
"This isn't equality, and it isn't progress. President Biden's call for 'unity' falls flat when he seeks to hold those receiving federal funds hostage if they don't do tremendous damage to the rights, opportunities, and dignity of women and girls."
"It's a sad day for American women and girls when we're erased from the law, and that's what this executive order does," Kao adds. "The concerns come from across the political spectrum. You have people like Martina Navratilova concerned about the impact on women in girls' sports; people like J.K. Rowling concerned about the impact on women and girls' privacy and safety."
And she agrees with ADF attorney Holcomb: "Fairness in sports, safety and privacy have all gone out the window," Kao tweeted. " This isn't progress, it's regress."
Concerns have also been expressed by both The Heritage Foundation and Alliance Defending Freedom about the safety and privacy of women in shelters, including those for abused women.