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By Mark Miloscia
Family Policy Insitute of Washington 

Who will be our state's Ron Desantis?


April 28, 2022

Through multiple initiatives, the Biden Administration is promoting harmful lies.

In a direct, panicked response to states across the country successfully passing bills that protect women's sports, the morally corrupt U.S. Department of Education is amending Title IX rules for college sports, making it illegal to discriminate against athletes on the basis of "gender identity" and sexual orientation.

In other words, biological men will be able to compete against women.

Schools will be forced to allow transgender athletes to compete with the gender they identify with or lose funding. This doesn't mean that our efforts to protect women's sports through local legislation are hopeless - it only means we must fight harder.

Biden claims state laws mandating athletes compete based on their biological sex are "simply wrong" and "hateful." We believe that this rejection of the concept of biological sex must be condemned and opposed.

Perhaps most horrific, the administration is doubling down in its support of transgenderism by encouraging "gender-reassignment" surgery – mutilation surgery – and hormone "therapy" – abuse – for minors. We've been clear: This is government-sponsored child abuse.

The Department of Health and Human Services published a document titled "Gender Affirming Care and Young People." It lists what it considers "appropriate treatments" for transgender minors, which include "top surgery – to create male-typical chest shape or enhance breasts" and "bottom surgery – surgery on genitals or reproductive organs, facial feminization or other procedures."

This statement is followed by a number of egregious lies. The department falsely asserts that "gender-affirming care is neither child maltreatment nor malpractice," "early gender-affirming care is crucial to overall health and well-being," and "there is no scientifically sound research showing negative impacts from providing gender-affirming care."

In reality, gender "transition" surgeries are experimental procedures that mutilate a healthy body, lead to psychological derangement and cause patients to become infertile. "Gender-affirming care" does not treat the mental-health crisis that gender dysphoric people face. Often, it only makes the situation worse.

The insanity doesn't end there. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that beginning April 11, Americans were be able to denote their gender as "X" rather than "M" or "F," perpetuating the idea that there are more than two genders.

Meanwhile, each week Florida Gov. DeSantis demonstrates he is the "Profiles in Courage" leader every elected leader needs to imitate if we are to succeed.

Who in Washington State will be our Ron DeSantis for a time such as this? Are there any courageous leaders here who will match his courage? If so, speak up!

- Mark Miloscia is the executive director of the Family Policy Insitute of Washington. Email him at [email protected]


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