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San Diego County Passes Ordinance That Redefines ‘Women’

Dozens of opponents denounced a San Diego County ordinance they say redefines the meaning of the word “women” and puts women’s rights and safety in jeopardy at a Board of Supervisors meeting on May 10, before the board passed the ordinance by a 3-2 vote.

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“No amount of hormones or surgery will turn a man into a woman,” opponent Erin Friday told the board. “Permitting male-bodied people to enter into single-sex spaces, take women’s positions on podiums, [and] take their positions in sports teams is the essence of discrimination.”

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The ordinance is based on the United Nations women’s bill of rights but adds transgender and nonbinary inclusive language, which opponents contend changes the definition of “women,” diminishes the rights of biological women in sports, and puts them at risk of sexual assault in prisons.

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