Under the legislation, for example, men identifying as transgender women could not be denied access to women’s bathrooms or locker rooms. Female sports could also be affected, with athletes participating on the basis of their gender identity and not their biological sex. Business owners could be required to serve same-sex weddings, regardless of their own religious beliefs.
The USCCB has said that previous versions of the legislation did not include sufficient protections for the religious freedom those opposed to gender ideology and the redefinition of marriage.
The pro-life group March for Life Action has also stated its concern that the legislation would expand legal protections for abortions. By outlawing “pregnancy” discrimination, one congresswoman warned that the bill would create “a right to demand an abortion.”
On Thursday, Psaki said that Biden will “continue” to speak out on “LGBTQ rights.”
She was also asked if Biden would “take action” against Texas, which recently stripped Planned Parenthood of Medicaid funding.
Psaki answered that the Biden administration supports taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood.
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“Well the President’s views are clear and consistent on this issue,” she said, noting that Biden has already issued guidance “specifying that states cannot refuse Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood and other providers.”
In one of his first executive actions, Biden signed an executive order stating that his administration’s policy would interpret sex discrimination to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
Some legal experts told CNA that this action would bring a “tidal wave” of consequences, adversely affecting the privacy of single-sex bathrooms, high school sports, health providers that object to gender-transition procedures, and faith-based government contractors.