Rep. Tulsi Gabbard chose not to run for a fifth term in Congress and will step down if the 116th Congress is interrupted this week, but the Hawaiian Democrat is missing.
That’s because Gabbard is one of the few remaining voices of moderation in their increasingly left-wing party in Congress. Your recent support for three legal acts as well as your fundamental vote against the COVID-19 Aid Act confirm this.
On December 10th, she presented a bill to protect girls and women from being forced to compete against transgender biological men in sport.
Gabbard sponsored HR 8932, the Protect Women’s Sports Act, with Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., “To clarify the protection of women athletes under Title IX [are] based on biological sex, ”read a statement announcing the introduction of the law.
The legislation would discourage schools from receiving federal funding for allowing transgender men and women to play athletics on teams with students of the opposite sex.
Gabbard, who unsuccessfully sought the 2020 Democratic President nomination, said she wanted to protect the original intent of Title IX, “which was based on the general biological distinction between men and women based on gender.”
The Hawaiian legislature posted an eight and a half minute video on Twitter with detailed background information on Title IX and an explanation of why it is sponsoring the bill.
“It is the culmination of hypocrisy for those who claim to stand up for women’s rights to deny that there is even a woman biologically – to deny the very biological distinction that makes women women and not men “said she said.
Emilie Kao, director of the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation, praised the Hawaii Democrat.
Rep. Gabbard bravely advocated fairness and female athletes across the country.
Biology is important in many areas. It is important in sport because it determines competitiveness, performance and results.
There is widespread bipartisan support to keep male and female sports separate. Americans know that the law should protect fair competition by recognizing the reality of gender differences.
The day before, on December 9th, Gabbard also introduced HR 8923, which aims to amend the US Criminal Code “to ensure that a doctor takes due care of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion turns “.
The bill is similar to a bipartisan law that was introduced earlier this year and was rejected. Gabbard has been criticized on social media for offering “redundant” laws.
Tulsi Gabbard also introduced a redundant bill that claims to protect infants in the infinitely rare instances when they are born after attempted abortions (infants are already protected by law) but actually only criminalizes doctors, slanders women and scares them off .
– Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) December 11, 2020
But Melanie Israel, a research fellow at Heritage’s DeVos Center, said Gabbard’s bill should be commended, not ridiculed.
Protecting babies who survive an abortion shouldn’t be controversial. And that’s not a hypothetical problem. Data from both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and various state health departments report worrying cases of infants surviving abortions.
Current federal law recognizes these infants as “persons”, but there are no requirements that physicians place on such infants.
In fact, a baby can die after an abortion with no clear legal ramifications. The status quo is unacceptable and the remedy should not be treated biased.
Gabbard introduced another pro-life law, HR 8939, “to protect painful unborn children”. Abortions would essentially be banned after 20 weeks unless the mother’s life or health was at risk.
These calculations are all reasonable and based on science. They protect the vulnerable among us, whether it’s infants struggling to survive or women who want to compete on equal terms in a world where transgender men “identify” as women and win competitions unfairly.
But Gabbard’s support for these bills makes them an outlier in an increasingly liberal party.
Biden’s future government has announced that it will pass what is known as the Equal Opportunities Act, which aims to expand anti-discrimination laws to protect LGBTQ people who pose a threat to religious freedom and repeal the Hyde Amendment, which has banned federal funding since 1980 for most abortions.
Gabbard, whose 2nd congressional district encompasses the entire state of Hawaii outside of Oahu, has deviated from her party’s left orthodoxy in other ways.
She announced that she would refuse to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, which will be available to members of Congress until elderly Americans receive it. In a tweet she lambasted “arrogant, not elected [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] Bureaucrats “because they don’t put older generations, who are more prone to the coronavirus, first.
The outgoing congresswoman voted against the COVID-19 bailout package on December 21, describing the $ 600-qualified Americans as a “slap in the face to any American struggling due to the pandemic”.
Describing the bill as “representing Washington’s messed up priorities,” Gabbard tweeted, “You deserve better.”
Of course, Gabbard’s vote was hardly perfect, but her refusal to reflexively conform to other liberals on important issues was a breath of fresh air at a time when identity politics reigned and few politicians seem to speak for their constituents and instead automatically align themselves on the respective pages.