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Kansas Legislature Overrides Governor Veto of Women’s Rights Bill That Defines Biological Sex

Kansas Legislature Overrides Governor Veto of Women’s Rights Bill That Defines Biological Sex

“An individual’s ‘sex’ means an individual’s sex at birth, either male or female.”

The Kansas legislature overturned Democrat Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto of Senate Bill 180.

The House voted 84-40. The Senate voted 28-12.

Senate Bill 180 establishes “the women’s bill of rights to provide a meaning of biological sex for purposes of statutory construction.”

The bill defines biological sex as the individual’s sex at birth, either male or female:

  • A “female” means an individual whose biological reproductive system is developed to produce ova;
  • A “male” means an individual whose biological reproductive system is developed to fertilize the ova of a female;
  • “Woman” and “girl” refer to human females, and “man” and “boy” refer to human males;
  • “Mother” means a parent of the female sex, and “father” means a parent of the male sex; and
  • With respect to biological sex, separate accommodations are not inherently unequal.

From the summary of the legislation:

The bill notes that laws and rules and regulations that distinguish between the sexes are subject to intermediate constitutional scrutiny. The bill states intermediate constitutional scrutiny prohibits unfair discrimination against similarly situated male and female individuals but allows the law to distinguish between the sexes where such distinctions are substantially related to important governmental objectives.

The bill requires and states that, despite any provision of state law to the contrary, distinctions between the sexes be considered substantially related to the important governmental objectives of protecting the health, safety, and privacy of individuals, with respect to the following areas:

● Athletics;
● Prisons or other detention facilities;
● Domestic violence centers;
● Rape crisis centers;
● Locker rooms;
● Restrooms; and
● Other areas where biology, safety, or privacy are implicated that result in separate accommodations.


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Good, it’s about time the people of Kansas managed to do something right. It’s shameful they have that Communist b**** in that office in the first place

    1073 in reply to Ironclaw. | April 29, 2023 at 10:28 am

    I would like to know actuarial analysis of lawsuits to institutions where “participants” declare they are not Male or Female. With comparisons to M/F.
    I don’t KNOW, that pink haired nose ring teachers increase financial risk.
    I would like to.

    The basis might be discrimination but is the cost a difference? Shouldn’t we know?

Soon we’ll need legislation to define what the meaning of “is” is.

    rhhardin in reply to Paul. | April 28, 2023 at 7:51 pm

    “Is” actually varies all over the place. Clinton’s questioning of it was just in the context of the question, over the range it could naturally take on there.

    Or consider “Might is right” vs “Right is might” meaning roughly the opposite.

Dorothy was right when she told Toto, “We’re not in Kansas anymore.”

She wouldn’t recognize the place today.

    RandomCrank in reply to Peabody. | April 28, 2023 at 10:43 pm

    You don’t know anything about Kansas. The liberals are in the suburbs of Kansas City, Mo. and Lawrence. That’s why the veto was overridden.

      Almost: the leftists infest the suburbs in Johnson & Wyandotte County, KS. – across the state line from KCMO. Lawrence is home to the University of Kansas, and that says a lot. The rest of the state is sane, but sparsely populated, so J & W and KU have undue influence in elections.

Action at the State level is the way out this mess.

A nice win. Now, what the heck is wrong with Tennessee?

    alaskabob in reply to henrybowman. | April 28, 2023 at 8:50 pm

    Follow the money.

    CommoChief in reply to henrybowman. | April 28, 2023 at 8:53 pm

    They have a bunch of establishment types in the legislature stuck in an early ’90s mindset. The party bosses were able to change the qualification rules to exclude some potential candidates for HoR as an example b/c they were from outside the network of mutual favor trading. Similar establishment shenanigans in their legislature to carefully curate who gets onto the ballot and in cordial power sharing between the parties in the State legislature.

    Then there’s the yellow dog d problem in the electorate. Remember that Biden’s most consistent and unwavering support among any age demo are those 65+; they are persistent at approx 45% +/-support from election day to now. Many of those voters are yellow dog d in the South, they grew up voting d and maybe voted for Reagan in ’84 but not ’80 and were then Clinton, Obama and Biden voters. The local dems play the ‘we ain’t like the other dems, y’all know us from around here’ card very successfully.

    gonzotx in reply to henrybowman. | April 28, 2023 at 9:28 pm

    After the left destroyed Austin Tx they are now flooding Tennessee

      henrybowman in reply to gonzotx. | April 28, 2023 at 9:50 pm

      I guess an entire country can fall victim to Conquest’s Second Law as easily as any corporation or nonprofit does.

Antifundamentalist | April 28, 2023 at 8:12 pm


Glad to see that Kansas is BACK!

    Ironclaw in reply to Q. | April 28, 2023 at 10:48 pm

    Don’t get too celebratory, they still have a communist in the governor’s mansion.

Good. Now… impeach this vile witch, Democrat Gov. Laura Kelly.

RepublicanRJL | April 29, 2023 at 6:04 am

I never thought I’d see the day where legislation is needed to define objective truths.

Sadly, the cancer that is spreading throughout America is forcing the issue.

    Yup. Sad. Epistimology. Philosophers have addressed the subject for centuries: How do we know what we know, and how do we know it’s true? Shakespeare wrote Hamlet to address this very question. The Bible already answered it, ‘in the beginning God…’ But too many reject God.

    To paraphrase G.K. Chesterton: “A man who won’t believe in God will believe in anything.”

    To paraphrase Voltaire: “Those can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”

    Welcome to the murderous tranny madness in the death of the west drama.

    BierceAmbrose in reply to RepublicanRJL. | April 29, 2023 at 3:26 pm

    “I never thought I’d see the day where legislation is needed to define objective truths.”

    Oh, they decline to “define” because they like the kerfuffle. Lots of legal arguments are definitional, like what’s a person. What’s a fire arm is a fun one. What’s a pollutant. What’s commerce. What’s speech.

    Once you define the terms, the shenanigans just stop. Where’s the fun in that?

Good for Kansas! Now, defund half the humanities and social sciences faculties in the land!