Texas lawmakers in the state senate have advanced a measure that would protect the privacy of women and girls in restrooms.
If the bill, called the Women’s Privacy Act, becomes law, men who feel like “women” will not be allowed to use restrooms designated for women.
The measure would allow for single-stall and other accommodations based on individual cases. But if the legislature’s goal is to protect the modesty, privacy, and safety of women and girls, they shouldn’t grant any exceptions in which a male would end up in a female restroom. From Liberty Counsel:
Lt. Gov. Patrick has been pushing for this legislation to protect women in public restrooms. Patrick said, “This issue is not about discrimination — it’s about public safety, protecting businesses and common sense. I congratulate Sen. Kolkhorst for filing SB 6 and for her commitment to protecting the privacy of Texans and keeping them safe.”
“Liberty Counsel commends Lt. Gov. Patrick and Sen. Kolkhorst for introducing the Woman’s Privacy Act in order to protect the women residents and visitors of Texas,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “These legislators are upholding their responsibility to protect the privacy, safety, and dignity of citizens in intimate settings like showers and locker rooms, where persons will be in various stages of undress. It is common sense that no one should expect young girls or women to undress and be exposed to males in public facilities,” said Staver.
If the bill becomes law, government entities in Texas that allow men into women’s restrooms would face civil penalties.
A court last month blocked the Obama administration from forcing doctors and health care providers receiving federal funds to perform “sex change” operations and kill unborn babies.
The same judge who blocked the rule, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor, also blocked the Obama administration from carrying out “guidance” to government schools to allow boys into girls’ restrooms, locker rooms, and other areas where girls expect privacy. President-elect Donald Trump should cancel this directive as soon as possible.
“Without question, permitting educational institutions to provide separate housing to male and female students, and separate educational instruction concerning human sexuality, was to protect students’ personal privacy, or discussion of their personal privacy, while in the presence of members of the opposite biological sex,” Judge O’Connor wrote.
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