Department of Education Using Title IX Against Female Students

17 June 2021

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Quentin Van Meter, MD, FCP, President 

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The U.S. Department of Education yesterday released a “Notice of Interpretation,” which extends Title IX protections to biologically male students who identify as transgender females and thus mandates a false definition of sex upon American students.

Schools will now be forced to allow biologically male students access to all female-only spaces. They will be housed with females during overnight school trips and events, participate in female-only sports, and displace females from female-only sports teams. This interpretation is unscientific and a clear threat to the health and safety of female students. 

Acknowledging inborn genetic sex differences is crucial for creating sound public policy, which is a fact the Department of Education has now chosen to ignore. The scientific bottom line is that acknowledging the innate differences between males and females is critical to ensuring the health and safety of children, and in this case, female students.

The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) Position Statement, “Sex is a Biological Trait of Medical Significance,” provides scientific evidence against allowing males access to female-only spaces, sports teams and the like.

“Among humans, sex is a dimorphic, innate and immutable trait established at fertilization by sex determining genes located on the X and Y chromosomes. This sexual dimorphism is genetically programmed and is present in every nucleated somatic cell of the body; sex does not and cannot change.“ 

Dr. Michelle Cretella, Executive Director of ACPeds, elaborated,

“With this unscientific ‘interpretation,’ female students lose their rights to privacy and safety in education and fair play in sports. Due to a combination of genetics and sex hormones, males are bigger, stronger and faster than females. Males are also more violent and aggressive than females. Males who self-identify as female, including those who take estrogen, remain genetically male and therefore have no objective reason -- let alone a right -- to share restrooms and locker rooms, or to be housed with or competing against females.”

ACPeds condemns the Department of Education’s new interpretation of Title IX protections and calls on the department to embrace science and protect girls now. 

Resources from The American College of Pediatricians

Sexuality Issues of Youth
Sexuality Issues of Youth
Resources for physicians, parents, and policymakers concerning sexuality among youth and adolescents.
Sex Differences are Necessary for Health and Equality
Sex Differences are Necessary for Health and Equality
In the midst of modern culture’s infatuation with gender ideology, ACPeds is concerned that the field of medicine and society at large are coming close to denying the reality of biological sex.
Sex is a Biological Trait of Medical Significance
Sex is a Biological Trait of Medical Significance
ACPeds explains the danger of erasing biological sex in its position paper “Sex is a Biological Variable of Medical Significance” released today.

About the American College of Pediatricians

The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) is a national medical association of licensed physicians and healthcare professionals who specialize in the care of infants, children, and adolescents. It was founded by a group of concerned physicians who saw the need for a pediatric organization that would not be influenced by the politically driven pronouncements of the day. The mission of the ACPeds is to enable all children to reach their optimal physical and emotional health and well-being. The ACPeds is committed to fulfilling its mission by producing sound policy, based upon the best available research, to assist parents and to influence society in the endeavor of childrearing. 

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