'What is a Woman Act' Defeated As Wyoming House Rejects Scientific Definitions Of Gender

By Victor Smiroff | Saturday, 17 February 2024 01:50 PM
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A Wyoming House Bill proposing to legally define the terms "male" and "female" based on biological definitions was rejected on Thursday, with 19 Republicans voting against it.

The bill, introduced by Republican Rep. Jeanette Ward, was known as the "What is a Woman Act" or House Bill 50. It aimed to categorize individuals according to their birth sex and prohibit them from using public facilities that didn't align with this.

The legislation also stipulated that any state agency, department, office, school district, or other political subdivision collecting vital statistics for purposes such as crime, public health, and economic status, should define an individual as male or female in accordance with their birth sex. Despite having 15 Republican co-sponsors, the bill failed to pass.

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The 19 House Republicans who voted against the bill declined to codify the following scientific definitions: "The terms 'woman' and 'girl' refer to human females, and the terms 'man' and 'boy' refer to human males, 'mother' means a parent of the female sex, 'father' means a parent of the male sex, 'female' means a person whose biological reproductive system is developed to produce ova and/or who exhibits XX chromosomes and does not exhibit a Y chromosome, and 'male' means a person whose biological reproductive system is developed to fertilize the ova of a female and/or who exhibits XY chromosomes or exhibits a Y chromosome."

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Rep. Jeanette Ward, while presenting the bill, stated that the "What is a Woman Act" was "necessary because a biological male has pushed Wyoming women from their Wyoming sorority in our Wyoming University."

In the previous year, members of the Kappa Kappa Gamma (KKG) sorority at the University of Wyoming filed a lawsuit when the organization allowed a trans-identified male, who was six-foot-two and weighed 260 pounds, to live in the sorority house after redefining the term 'woman'. The female members of the KKG sorority felt unsafe cohabiting with a male, leading to the lawsuit.

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During the hearing, Ward also mentioned that "some may argue that this bill may result in loss of federal dollars, but we cannot allow ourselves to be radicalized by the dependence on federal funds that require us to allow men in Wyoming elementary school bathrooms."

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