30K Health Professionals Praise Trump for Restoring Sex Over Gender Identity in Federal Law
On Tuesday, medical associations representing over 30,000 health professionals across the country sent a letter praising the Trump administration's decision to return to the biological definition of "sex" in the law, reversing the Obama policy of redefining "sex" to include gender identity.
"We, the undersigned medical, legal, and policy organizations and individuals applaud the Trump Administration's intention to uphold the scientific definition of sex in federal law and policy, such that girls and women will regain their sex-based legal protection, and the human rights of all will be preserved," the letter declared.
The medical professionals argued that biological sex is binary, that best health practices involve treating people according to their biological sex as opposed to their gender identity, and that protecting women and girls is impossible under an "expanded" definition of sex.
In October, The New York Times breathlessly reported on a proposed move to reverse Obama's redefinition of sex, claiming the move would "erase" transgender people. Radical feminists eviscerated this argument in interviews with PJ Media, praising the conservative Trump administration for returning to the biological definition of sex.
The medical professionals' letter echoed the concerns of the radical feminists. The American College of Pediatricians, the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Christian Medical and Dental Associations, and the Catholic Medical Association teamed up in the effort, representing more than 30,000 medical professionals between them.
Obama's administration altered the meaning of the term "sex" in federal law — a term that only meant biological sex when the laws were passed by Congress and signed by previous presidents — encouraging federal agencies to treat biological men who identify as women as women and vice versa. If nothing else, Trump's reversal of these policies represents a return to the rule of law.
Under Trump, the Department of Justice and Department of Education reversed Obama's policy in February 2017, while the DOJ reiterated this change in October of that year. The Times reported on a memo in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) about to make the same move.
Tragically, in recent years the vast majority of medical professionals have also embraced transgender identity, and so a large coalition of tech companies, universities, and scientists joined to condemn the Trump administration's move.
This new letter from medical professionals represents a powerful response to that condemnation.
The letter quoted the American Psychiatric Association, which defines sex as as the "biological indication of male and female (understood in the context of reproductive capacity), such as sex chromosomes, gonads, sex hormones, and nonambiguous internal and external genitalia."
Transgender activists argue that sex is a "spectrum," due to the existence of intersex people. The letter shot down this idea.