Trump May Reverse Obama's Decision and Define Gender by Biology, Not Choice

Michael Foust | ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor | Monday, October 22, 2018
Trump May Reverse Obama's Decision and Define Gender by Biology, Not Choice

Trump May Reverse Obama's Decision and Define Gender by Biology, Not Choice


The Trump administration may narrow the federal definition of gender to involve only a person’s biology, thus reversing an action taken by the Obama administration, according to a leaked memo reported in The New York Times.

The memo circulated within the Department of Health and Human Services says federal departments need a standard “biological” definition of gender that “is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable.” Under the proposed change – which would affect Title IX -- gender would be defined as what a person is at birth, and not what he/she decides later in life. 

Title IX is a 1972 law that prevents discrimination “under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” 

“Sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth,” the memo states. “The sex listed on a person’s birth certificate, as originally issued, shall constitute definitive proof of a person’s sex unless rebutted by reliable genetic evidence”

If adopted, the proposed rule would have a major impact on the transgender debate.

The Times noted that a series “of decisions by the Obama administration loosened the legal concept of gender in federal programs” – including in education and healthcare – to recognize gender “largely as an individual’s choice and not determined by the sex assigned at birth.” 

“The policy prompted fights over bathrooms, dormitories, single-sex programs and other arenas where gender was once seen as a simple concept,” The Times noted. 

Michael Foust is a freelance writer. Visit his blog, MichaelFoust.com.

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