It’s sad that in today’s age we must define what a mother is, but alas, that’s where we are.
In a move to provide clarity and consistency to state laws, Republican Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt has signed a bill into law that defines the terms “female” and “mother.” The bill aims to protect women’s single-sex spaces from intrusion by men.
Sponsored by state Senator Jessica Garvin, the bill addresses concerns where incarcerated men have claimed to identify as female, leading to troubling incidents of sexual abuse against women. With this legislation, biological men will be barred from receiving government grants designated for women and prohibited from using female restrooms, prisons, rape shelters, locker rooms, and other spaces.
The bill establishes a clear definition of “mother” as “the female parent of a child or children” and defines “woman” as “a natural person who is female.” Moreover, it requires accurate data collection in vital statistics, ensuring individuals are identified as male or female according to the definitions outlined in the law.
Senator Cyndi Hyde-Smith of Mississippi introduced a Women’s Bill of Rights in February 2023, which echoes Oklahoma’s resolution, aiming to protect and affirm the biological differences between males and females under federal law. This measure aims to prevent the erasure of womanhood amidst ongoing debates on gender definitions.
These legislative efforts reflect a commitment to safeguarding women and mothers, ensuring their rights and spaces are respected and protected.
The bill defines the word “mother” as, “the female parent of a child or children.” The word “woman” is defined as, “a natural person who is female.”
“The state, any political subdivision, or any state agency or department including but not limited to public school districts that collects vital statistics for the purpose of gathering accurate public health, crime, economic or other data shall identify any natural person who is part of the collected data as either male or female as defined in Section 62 of Title 25 of the Oklahoma Statutes,” the bill continues.
Exclusive from @politico on the #WomensBillofRights!! Oklahoma @GovStitt expected to be the first governor in the country to adopt the Women's Bill of Rights by executive order. Words have ZERO meaning in law/code without a common language. And women have ZERO protections and… pic.twitter.com/Na92fycmsQ
— Victoria Coley (@VictoriaRColey) August 1, 2023