We live in a world where the God-designed distinctions between the sexes are undermined and under attack. To fight back, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) is supporting the Women’s Bill of Rights. The Women’s Bill of Rights resolution* is a definitive statement on the definition of sex and the legal protections women should have because of their sex.
CWALAC stood with Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Arizona) when she introduced a federal Women’s Bill of Rights last Congress. We continue to support Rep. Debbie Lesko and Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Mississippi) in their reintroduction of a federal Women’s Bill of Rights this Congress.
In April 2023, Kansas became the first state to put into law the Women’s Bill of Rights. The Kansas Legislature overrode the veto of Gov. Laura Kelly (D). Sixteen state attorneys general, led by Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch (R), committed support for a Women’s Bill of Rights.
Throughout Scripture, the Lord demonstrates His love for women. It begins in Genesis when God uses Adam’s rib to create Eve and makes her equal but complementary to Adam. The Lord’s love is evident in numerous other examples, but especially in the command to care for widows who have no one to care for them. 1 Timothy 5:3. This is an example of God’s love and care for women who are vulnerable. Our laws must reflect the distinctions between men and women in order to best protect women.
The Women’s Bill of Rights is an application of this truth to modern times. It focuses on protecting the health, safety, and privacy of women in the most current, relevant circumstances: “athletics, prisons or other detention facilities, domestic violence shelters, rape crisis centers, locker rooms, restrooms, and other areas where biology, safety, and/or privacy are implicated.”
What makes these circumstances relevant? Here are a mere five of hundreds of examples from just the past five years alone:
- Women at a sorority at the University of Wyoming had to file suit after being forced to cohabit with a biological male who was allowed in their sorority. One sorority member attested to walking down the hall in a towel after a shower and saw the man “watching her silently.” Students recounted a time when he “had an erection visible through his leggings” and “repeatedly questioned the women about what vaginas look like, breast cup size, whether women were considering breast reductions and birth control.”
- A North Carolina high schooler on a women’s volleyball team suffered severe head and neck injuries when a male on the opposing women’s team spiked a ball in her face.
- An NCAA swimmer from North Carolina State University was forced to change in a supply closet during the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming competition because she and her teammates would have otherwise had to have undressed in front of a biological male athlete, Lia Thomas, who was on an opposing team.
- Nine women in a California homeless shelter had to file a lawsuit after a biological male who identified as a transgender woman sexually harassed them while permitted to shower in the same space in compliance with federal housing regulations.
- A faith-based women’s shelter in Alaska had to file a lawsuit against the City of Anchorage after a complaint was submitted against the shelter for refusing to house a biological male who identified as transgender alongside vulnerable women at the shelter.
The Women’s Bill of Rights also asserts important constitutional protections. As you may recall, Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) supporters make the radical and extreme demand to eliminate the distinctions in law that are necessary to protect women in these cases.
The ERA would require what is known as the “strict scrutiny” standard of constitutional review of any law that makes a distinction based on sex. This is an exacting legal standard that is appropriate in some contexts but totally inappropriate when applied to laws based on sex. “Strict scrutiny” arms the movement for radical gender ideology with the tool it needs to strike down any distinction in law based on sex.
The Women’s Bill of Rights says that what is known as the “intermediate scrutiny” standard of constitutional review should apply to laws with distinctions based on sex. This standard best positions laws protecting women to withstand legal attack while still equipping the courts to strike down laws that unjustly discriminate against similarly-situated males and females.
As Concerned Women for America’s Senior Advisor Doreen Denny said, “The Women’s Bill of Rights is a common-sense declaration on the biology of sex. It should be something people across the political spectrum can come together and embrace. All women should have the assurance that our intrinsic dignity and status are recognized and protected on the basis of sex.”
Tell your Member of Congress to support the federal Women’s Bill of Rights resolution here.
*A resolution is an expression of the sentiment of the Congress, and unlike a bill, is not binding in law if passed.