Within hours of taking office as president, Joe Biden signed an executive order related to gender identity that protects transgender people over biological sex, according to outraged voices who charge that the measure removes protections for women.
“President Biden’s executive order has directed federal agencies to eviscerate legal protection for women and roll back nearly 50 years of gains for women,” said Christiana Holcomb, the Alliance Defending Freedom’s legal counsel, according to Newsmax.
“We’re going to have to wait and see how each agency either revokes current protection for women based on their sex or issues new policy guidance that allows biological males, for example, to compete in women’s sports,” she added.
The order Biden signed on Wednesday night, which lays out a scenario that seeks to provide protections for transgender people, generated backlash from numerous users on Twitter via the hashtag # ‘BidenErasedWomen,’ which trended.
The order states that “all persons” are to have equal protection under the law, “no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation.” However, the measure reinforces the idea that the rights of LGBTIQ minorities should have special treatment.
An example of the repercussions the measure would have can be seen in the sports arena, among those who are biological men but decided to change their gender. According to the Equality Act, they can compete with cisgender athletes regardless of biological and social considerations that differentiate men from women.
The Equality Act signed by Biden amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to protect sexual orientation and gender identity.
“We’re going to see the impact in the sports context but far beyond that as well, especially in healthcare and women’s shelters and restrooms and locker rooms,” Holcomb said.
“In fact, the executive order itself specifically called out school restrooms, locker rooms, and sports competitions. So we know that these things are coming. It’s a really scary prospect for the future of women’s sport,” added Alliance Defending Freedom’s legal counsel.
The order, titled “Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Grounds of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation,” states that “children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the bathroom, locker room or school sports,” reported by the Daily Mail.
Meanwhile, journalist Abigail Shrier wrote on Twitter, “On day 1, Biden unilaterally eviscerates women’s sports. Any educational institution that receives federal funding must admit biologically-male athletes to women’s teams, women’s scholarships, etc. A new glass ceiling was just placed over girls.”