Friday, May 17, 2019

Heritage Foundation joins today's BS brigade on the Equality Act

According to a piece on Heritage Foundation's blog written by Rachel del Guidice:
By inserting sexual orientation and gender identity into current anti-discrimination law, the bill would make hospitals and doctors vulnerable to litigation “if they don’t follow the medical recommendations of the transgender movement,” Emilie Kao, director of The Heritage Foundation’s DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, wrote in a January commentary.

As a reminder, Heritage employs anti-LGBT extremist and religious fanatic Ryan T. Anderson. No, the Equality Act would not make hospitals and doctors vulnerable to litigation and the “transgender movement” (whatever the hell that is) is presumably not a medical organization.

Kao is probably basing this on the decision of a Catholic hospital to cancel a hysterectomy at the last minute in spite of the Catholic doctor's assurances that the surgery was medically necessary — Having nothing to do with the fact that the patient was a transgender man.
If passed, the Equality Act would hurt women by “dismantling sex-specific facilities, sports, and other female-only spaces,” Heritage Foundation’s explainer stated, as well as compromise the work of charities, if they were unwilling to open up sex-specific areas, such as bathrooms and housing, to anyone based on gender identity, not sex.
The Equality Act does not eliminate objective criteria such as testosterone levels in sports. No one wants anyone to have an unfair advantage because of a nondiscrimination measure. You would also think that transgender people are the rule rather than the exception. I mean, get a grip! They are about a half-percent of the population. Where does Ms. del Guidice think that trans people have been peeing for decades? “When ya gotta go …”
By silencing the scientific debate on transgender-affirming therapies through the politicization of medicine, the Equality Act would further normalize this radical protocol, and create an expectation that parents comply.

In fact, parents in Ohio lost custody of their seventeen-year-old daughter because they declined to put her on testosterone supplements.
This has nothing to do with the Equality Act. The above undermines their own argument since Ohio does not have a comparable nondiscrimination law. The supposed “politicization of medicine” is just a bullshit excuse to illegitimately discredit the overwhelming consensus of medical science with respect to the care of people with gender dysphoria.

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