Thursday, May 2, 2024

Fitch Sues to Stop Assault on Women's Rights

 Attorney General Lynn Fitch issued the following statement Monday. 

Attorney General Lynn Fitch filed suit today challenging the Biden Administration’s attempt to transform Title IX into a prohibition against separate bathrooms, locker rooms, and other private spaces in education from elementary schools to colleges and universities and sets up a framework to make female athletes compete with transgender athletes for spots on teams and awards in competitions. General Fitch joined the Attorneys General of Louisiana, Montana, and Idaho to stop the new Biden rule that fully hollows out Title IX’s purpose of promoting equal opportunities for girls in education and protecting the dignity of women in private spaces.

“Title IX has been a game-changer for generations of women,” said Attorney General Lynn Fitch, “For more than fifty years, it has given girls an opportunity to compete on a level playing field and offered them a fair chance to excel. The Biden Administration’s pursuit of an extremist political agenda here will destroy these important gains. What’s more, under this new rule, safe and private spaces for women to engage in healing, fellowship, and support will be torn away from them. The Administration’s legal theories are novel, at best, and they cut legal corners to push them through, and we intend to defeat this rule in the courts.”

The Attorneys General explain in their complaint, “The Final Rule prohibits single-sex bathrooms and locker rooms. The Final Rule likewise compels school officials both to use pronouns associated with a student’s claimed ‘gender identity’ and to force students to do so as well. And school officials should be careful about requesting documentation to verify the sincerity of a person’s claimed gender identity, the Department ominously warns, because that itself might violate the Final Rule. Moreover, although the Department tries to downplay the Rule’s impact on athletics – because the Department knows that extending its radical theory to athletics would be political suicide in an election year – the Rule cannot help but sound the death knell for female sports.”

In 2021, Mississippi passed the Fairness Act to protect girls’ sports, and the Legislature currently has two bills in conference to further protect women’s privacy, safety, and opportunity – SB 2753, the SAFER (Securing Areas for Females Effectively and Responsibly) Act, and HB 1607, the Women’s Bill of Rights. The complaint today notes that the Biden rule conflicts with these embodiments of the will of the Mississippi people.

Today’s complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana and can be read here.

In August 2022, Attorney General Fitch became the first state Attorney General to sign the Women’s Bill of Rights, a grassroots effort led by the Independent Women’s Voice, to support women’s privacy, safety, and opportunities against the Biden Administration’s increasing hostility toward Title IX. In May 2023, she led a 22-state coalition’s comment letter opposing the Administration’s efforts to transform Title IX. Shortly after that, she published Why We Need the Women’s Bill of Rights with IWV’s vice-president Carrie Lukas.


Anonymous said...

It's not an "assault on woman" to expand a protection to include others while preserving the protection for woman. This is yet another partisan Republican culture war distraction just like CRT that we are being forced to pay for because the GOP needs fear of others to win.

Anonymous said...

Once again, as is typical, she did not sue...she simply signed onto a lawsuit.

Anonymous said...

Men can't be women, women can't be men.

Anonymous said...

Women brought all of this trouble on themselves. They demanded that women were equal to men and should be treated the same as men. Now they are complaining about having to compete against men. They should make up their minds and stick to it. Either women are equal to men or they are not. You cannot have it both ways.
I think here in the U.S. people put too much importance on sports. They are children games.

Anonymous said...

Women are only equal when they want to be. (which is when it pleases them)

Anonymous said...

@ 10:26 If I coached a girls team I would recruit me 3 or 4 of the bad ass dudes to be on my roster and anytime I played a team with one of these perverts on it I would put them in the game. I would make sure a clear message was sent.

Anonymous said...

10:46 surely you jest. This isn't about women gaining equal's about troubled males pretending to be something they are not and using an advantage to be in places they have no business being.

Anonymous said...

I see a need to protect little girls from perverts and gender-confused men who want to loiter in the girls' bathroom. Most grown women have peed in the presence of men, have used the men's restroom when the women's is crowded or not working, and know what to do if a man who obviously is a man, shows up in the women's bathroom.

Only about 2% of the world population is gay. We have far greater problems that this in our country.

Anonymous said...

I am so glad that I do not know nor have ever met 10:46. Notice he doesn’t offer his opinion about transgender men competing in elite women’s sports, hell any level of women’s sports. With all that bigotry, I seriously doubt he’d be real proud that biological males are swimming faster, throwing the javelin farther, and lifting heavier weights than girls. But I could be totally wrong, especially since he’s so hung up on men and women being the same.

Anonymous said...

12:37 - All it takes is one. This is not about a conceived predominance of queer or confused people. It's about the possibility, perhaps probability, that it will happen my community or yours to my daughter or yours.

Nor is this about the ranking of problems. Access to the courtroom and legislative process is open to all, regardless of your perceived rank-order status of the situation.

Find yourself a bathroom with both stick-figures on the door and leave it unlocked.

Anonymous said...

4:23 PM, Access to the courtroom and legislative process is open to all, regardless of your perceived rank-order status of the situation.

That is not true. They can and have been known to throw out your case long before it ever comes to the court room.

Anonymous said...

3:58 PM, you must have been hiding under a rock. I do not think they are the same but women sure have been crying about it for a long time. They when they get a chance to show they are equal they start crying again.

Anonymous said...

You can’t protect women while allowing gender confused men (or even those claiming to be gender confused) in women’s restrooms and locker rooms, much less on women’s sports teams. The current law deals expressly with sex, not gender identity. The Biden administration is twisting words to mean something different than what the law says. There are two sexes, even one accepts the nonsense that gender isn’t determined by DNA. The law doesn’t say gender or gender identity, but refers to sex. A male who identifies as female is still a male biologically, i.e., a member of the male sex, not the female sex. The law has never been understood to mean anything differently, and has never been understood to require males to have access to women only spaces or sports teams. It’s not within the executive’s constitutional role to deliberately apply the law contrary to its language or meaning, essentially amending the law without action by Congress.

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile: Our vaunted legislature can't even agree to protect female children from bathroom invasion by a swinging D pervert.

This whole session has been one giant circle jerk. Every one of them ought to be too ashamed to return home and face their families, much less their constituents.

Anonymous said...

You deserve what you will tolerate.

Anonymous said...

"That is not true. They can and have been known to throw out your case long before it ever comes to the court room."

Au Contraire - Even those whose case has been 'thrown out' still had access to the process without their issue being 'ranked'. The process allowed their case to be tossed.

The contention that 'we have bigger things to worry about' is hollow. The legal system is open to big things and little things, just like any other whore house.

If I only had a brain said...

When I saw the headline, I was shocked Lynn actually sued someone, had an idea, saw a problem, and did some ground breaking legal work to lead the vanguard. But nope, she is just joining someone else’s lawsuit. Mississippi AG: in the rear with the gear.

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