Florida Sen. Rick Scott (R) this week published an 11-point plan for Republicans should they retake control of Congress this year. In it, he asserts that there are only two genders, writing that “men are men” and “women are women.”
“Men and women are biologically different, ‘male and female He created them,'” Scott writes in a section of his “Plan to Rescue America” titled “Gender, Life, Science.”
“Facts are facts, the earth is round, the sun is hot, there are two genders, and abortion stops a beating heart. To say otherwise is to deny science,” he writes.
Scott, who served as Florida’s governor from 2011 to 2019, in his plan also pledges to “protect women’s sports” by banning transgender women and girls from competing.
He writes that allowing trans female athletes to compete against cisgender ones is “hugely unfair and would erase many of the gains women have made in athletics over the last 50 years.”
The question of whether transgender women and girls should be allowed to play on sports teams aligning with their gender identity has become a hot button issue on the right, galvanizing conservative voters – which right-wing politicians like South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and former President Trump have used to their advantage.
Speaking at a rally in Texas last month, Trump said he would ban transgender women from participating in women’s sports if he were re-elected president in 2024.
“We will ban men from participating in women’s sports,” he said. “So ridiculous.”
Scott in his plan also writes that no government forms should include questions about “gender identity” or “sexual preference,” and calls for a ban on providing gender-affirming care to minors.
“No doctor will be allowed to perform irreversible surgical or gender-altering procedures on any minor child,” he writes. “Once they become adults, they can do what they wish.”
More than 200 bills targeting the LGBTQ+ community have been introduced in state legislatures this year, including more than 30 bills seeking to restrict access to gender-affirming health care and 50 bills aiming to bar transgender youth from competing in student athletics.
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