President Donald Trump’s administration is reportedly planning to tighten up the definition of an individual’s sex by linking it to biological traits for Title IX purposes. While no policy changes have been made yet, the nation’s largest lobbying group for physicians is already pushing back.
The American Medical Association announced on Tuesday that they will “oppose efforts to deny an individual’s right to determine their stated sex marker or gender identity.”
Narrowly defining “sex” to align with biology
That statement came in response to news reports that the Department of Health and Human Services was leading an effort to simplify the definition of an individual’s “sex” for Title IX purposes as being intrinsically linked to “a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth.”
In other words, those who were born with the biological traits of a male are men, while those born with the biological traits of a female are women, regardless of which gender they may identify as later.
According to an HHS memo obtained by The New York Times:
The department argued in its memo that key government agencies needed to adopt an explicit and uniform definition of gender as determined ‘on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable.'”
The definition would apply to interpretations of the 1972 Title IX law, which prohibits discrimination “on the basis of sex” in federally-funded educational institutions and programs.
In 2016, the Obama administration expanded the interpretation of Title IX to include “gender identity” under “sex” — which set the stage for the resulting controversial policy changes on school bathrooms, locker rooms, and sports teams.
One of the Trump administration’s early moves was to revoke that guidance, calling it a “federal overreach” and saying that such issues should be handled at the state and local levels.
Conflation of “gender” and “sex”
“It is essential to acknowledge that an individual’s gender identity may not align with the sex assigned to them at birth,” said AMA board member William E. Kobler in a statement. “A narrow limit on the definition of sex would have public health consequences for the transgender population and individuals born with differences in sexual differentiation, also known as intersex traits.”
The Hill reported that the AMA — and the medical community at large — has acknowledged a distinction between the terms “gender” and “sex,” and called for certain legal protections for those who identify as part of the “gender non-conforming community,” a tiny percentage of the population.
But even as the AMA claims to acknowledge the distinction between gender and sex, the statement from Kobler appears to conflate them.
Why do they oppose science?
As the Trump administration is reportedly attempting to clarify: “Sex” refers to a person’s biological characteristics, which cannot be changed, while “gender identity” is a more flexible societal construct but has no effect on any individual’s biological sex nor any bearing in terms of the Title IX law.
The administration’s reported position is based on “science,” and it is astonishing that medical physicians — and the leftist ideology that claims to adhere strictly to “science” when it comes to the climate — are so opposed to the fundamentals of science when it comes to a person’s biological sexual characteristics.