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Two states pass laws defining “male” and “female” and protecting women’s space

Two states – Oklahoma and Louisiana – have passed laws that recognize the biological differences between men and women and protect women’s privacy and gender-segregated spaces.

According to Liberty Counsel, both laws “establish legal definitions for male, female, male, female, boy, girl, mother and father by recognizing the natural differences between the sexes ‘at birth’.”

They also “deliberately differentiate between the sexes to protect women’s space and competitions from the intrusion of gender-confused men.”

Louisiana

Louisiana Governor Jeff Landry signed the Women’s Safety and Protection Act (HB 608) into law on June 3. The bill passed the Oklahoma House by a vote of 80 to 17, while the Oklahoma Senate passed the bill by a vote of 29 to 10.

The bill clearly defines “sex,” “male” and “female” in state law.

According to the text of the bill, a “woman” is: “an individual whose biological reproductive system is designed to produce eggs; who has, had, will have, or would have, without developmental or genetic abnormality or historical accident, the reproductive system that at some point produces, transports, and uses eggs for fertilization.

Similarly, the bill defines a “man” as “an individual whose biological reproductive system is designed to fertilize the ova of a woman who has, had, will have, or would have, but because of a developmental or genetic abnormality or a historical accident , the reproductive system that at some point produces, transports, and uses sperm for fertilization.”

This precise definition of “feminine” and “masculine” is important; it makes the law easier to defend in court against lawsuits from left-wing legal organizations such as the ACLU and the SPLC, which are sure to follow.

HB 608 also provides protections for women and girls in prisons, juvenile detention centers, domestic violence shelters, dormitories and restrooms where women “traditionally received safety and protection from abuse perpetrated by biological males.”

“The attack on women that we have seen unfold across our country has no place in the state of Louisiana,” Governor Landry said in a statement.

I’m proud to sign House Bill 608, which protects women’s safety and strengthens the definition of what it means to be a woman. Enough is enough. Louisiana will not stand idly by and allow biological males to take advantage of women’s opportunities. We want women across the country to know that your privacy, safety and opportunity are valued and will always be protected in Louisiana.

Women’s rights attorney Riley Gaines applauded Gov. Landry’s passage of the bill. “I am grateful to all the lawmakers who sent the Women’s Safety and Protection Act to his desk, and to Governor Landry for ensuring that Louisiana women will never be victims of men who steal their opportunities or places,” she said.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed the Women’s Bill of Rights (HB 1449) into law on May 31. The measure passed the Oklahoma Senate on a 35-7 vote, while the state House passed the bill by an overwhelming margin of 79-17.

The Oklahoma bill defines “male” and “female” with the exact wording of the Louisiana bill.

Oklahoma State Senator Jessica Garvin, the lead author of the bill in the Senate, noted that the bill appropriately defines “male” and “female,” allowing the government to distinguish between the genders for “privacy and security to be guaranteed in toilets, sports facilities, lockers and lockers’. chambers, domestic violence shelters, rape crisis centers, prisons and other detention centers.”

HB 1449 takes effect on November 1, 2024.

According to Liberty Counsel, “At least thirteen states now have laws protecting women and girls in public facilities, while at least six other states are also codifying the definitions of ‘sex,’ ‘male,’ and ‘female’ into law, such as Idaho. , Kansas, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota and Tennessee.”

It’s unfortunate that bills like HB 608 and HB 1449 are necessary in our time. And yet they are.

In fact, it takes courage and determination for state representatives and governors to stand up to modern gender ideology by reaffirming something that people have known throughout history: men and women are different, immutable, and complementary genders.

As a result of the courage of lawmakers in Oklahoma and Louisiana, women will be safer and better protected in both the Pelican State and the Sooner State. And that is indeed a good thing.

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