Congressional Republicans have introduced legislation to legally define a person’s sex on the basis of biology and create legal protections for women.
Arizona GOP Rep. Debbie Lesko announced the so-called “Women’s Bill of Rights” in a Thursday press release.
“The world is totally upside down when I have to introduce legislation signifying a woman versus a man,” said Lesko at a Thursday press conference, according to the Epoch Times.
“As the Left continues to erase women, we must fight for women and their place in our society,” Lesko said in the press release. “Whether it’s keeping the word “mother” in written law, or ensuring women’s domestic violence shelters do not have to accept biological men, we must stand up for women.”
Alongside Lesko are the bill’s other co-leaders, including Tennessee GOP Rep. Diana Harshbarger, who told the Times that “It’s disheartening and infuriating to see some of our nation’s leaders reject the unique biological characteristics that make a woman.”
The companion bill in the Senate comes from Wyoming GOP Sen. Cynthia Lummis, Mississippi GOP Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, and Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz, per the outlet.
Republican legislative efforts to legally codify the inseparability of biological sex and gender come amid a national debate about the participation of biological men in women’s sports following transgender swimmer Lia Thomas’s victory in the NCAA championships in March.