HYDE-SMITH REINTRODUCES WOMEN’S BILL OF RIGHTS
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) today reintroduced a resolution to establish a Women’s Bill of Rights to affirm legal protections afforded to women under federal law.
Hyde-Smith’s resolution and a companion measure introduced Thursday by U.S. Representative Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) asserts that a women’s bill of rights is warranted given “recent misguided rulings relating to the definition of ‘sex’ have led to the endangerment of spaces and resources dedicated to women.”
“One of the many problems with these radical notions to redefine male and female is that they end up doing more harm than good,” Senator Hyde-Smith said. “Our resolution simply affirms the biological differences between males and females under federal law, ensuring that womanhood is not erased by the ‘woke’ left’s reckless attempts to be inclusive.”
“It is more important than ever that we protect women and combat the left’s attempts to erase women,” said Congresswoman Lesko. “I am grateful to Senator Hyde-Smith and all of my Republican colleagues for their leadership on this important legislation to defend women’s hard-fought rights and affirm the importance of women and their unique contributions to our great nation.”
In the Senate, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Katie Britt (R-Ala.) cosponsored the resolution.
Independent Women’s Voice, Independent Women’s Law Center, Concerned Women for America LAC, Heritage Action for America, American Principles Project, Women’s Liberation Front, Family Policy Alliance, Eagle Forum, Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC), and Women’s Declaration International USA support the resolution.
The Women’s Bill of Rights resolution is available here and below:
Establishing a Women's Bill of Rights to reaffirm legal protections afforded to women under Federal law.
Whereas males and females possess unique and immutable biological differences that manifest prior to birth and increase as they age and experience puberty;
Whereas biological differences between the sexes mean that only females may get pregnant, give birth, and breastfeed children;
Whereas biological differences between the sexes mean that males are, on average, larger in size and possess greater body strength than females;
Whereas biological differences between the sexes can expose females to more harm than males from specific forms of violence, including sexual violence;
Whereas women have achieved inspirational and significant accomplishments in education, athletics, and employment; and
Whereas recent misguided court rulings related to the definition of “sex” have led to endangerment of spaces and resources dedicated to women, thereby necessitating clarification of certain terms: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Senate reaffirms that—
(1) for the purposes of Federal law, the “sex” of an individual means his or her biological sex (either male or female) at birth;
(2) for the purposes of Federal laws addressing sex, the terms “woman” and “girl” refer to human females, and the terms “man” and “boy” refer to human males;
(3) for the purposes of Federal law, the word “mother” means a parent of the female sex and “father” is defined as a parent of the male sex;
(4) 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;
(5) policies and laws that distinguish between the sexes are subject to intermediate constitutional scrutiny and permitted when they serve an important governmental objective and are substantially related to achieving that objective; and
(6) for the purposes of complying with Federal laws that require State and local government agencies to collect or report data disaggregated by sex, such as Federal antidiscrimination laws, agencies are required to base such data on the biological sex of individuals at birth.