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The New England Journal of Medicine has published a paper that argues since sex designations on birth certificates could emotionally hurt transgender and intersex people, the information should not appear on the document.

The premise behind the idea is that “assigned sex” should appear “below the line,” allowing it to be used in vital statistics but not identify the individual on the document itself. The argument is built on claims the Supreme Court has determined sex distinctions are no longer relevant and there is no useful clinical purpose to them.

The authors of this paper further argue that the best solution is to remove all acknowledgment of a person’s sex altogether. This should be done with passports and other identifying documents since the LGBT left sees no purpose in legally identifying sex at birth for anyone, when all that matters to them is gender identity.

Making gender identification optional would allow gender-nonbinary people—those who argue they belong to neither sex nor any gender—to more easily manage their personal legal documents. The medical professionals who wrote this paper also claim that “Assigning sex at birth also doesn’t capture the diversity of people’s experiences.”

In 2016 the Williams Institute found that about 1.4 million American adults identify as transgender, with a percentage ranging from 0.4 percent to 0.6 percent nationally. According to The New York Times in 2015, 135,567 people have changed their name to one of the opposite sex in the 80-year history of the Social Security Administration. Only 30,000 people have changed their sex designation on Social Security documents.

Between 2002 and 2013, people were required to have fully transitioned in order to change their sex on official records, but after 2013 the Social Security Administration ended that requirement. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reported 3,256 surgeries in 2016, with only 0.5 percent being genital or “full” transition surgery. The majority of surgeries were to change the structure of the chest, for both men attempting to look like women and women attempting to look like men.

ASPS reported 15 operations that year for men identifying as women that involved their genitals and zero for women identifying as men. A 2019 comprehensive report studying sex-change surgeries found that, across all transgender categories, genital surgeries accounted for 4 to 13 percent. Without a further breakdown into the types of operations, the 2019 ASPS report lists the number of sex-change surgeries at 10,985.

Essentially, the demand for physically changing the body to match one’s claimed gender identity, while growing each year, is minuscule in comparison to the transgender population. This appears equally true in efforts to legally change one’s name and sex markers on legal documents, despite legal channels available for doing so. There simply does not seem to be a genuine need within the transgender community for changing or removing people’s sex designation on official documents.

The term “intersex” is an umbrella category describing a range of congenital disorders that can affect sex-characteristic development. This trait is seen in about 0.018 percent of the population. Conditions such as De La Chapelle syndrome, for example, will result in a physical male having two X chromosomes. The condition is usually diagnosed around age 20 and is associated with infertility.

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There are only 200 known cases of the disorder. Klinefelter syndrome is another chromosomal disorder in which a male has an extra X chromosome, or is XXY. This also results in infertility. This is more common, affecting 1 in 650 newborn boys, but it does not manifest genital or secondary sexual ambiguity.

Other conditions debated as potentially belonging under the intersex category, such as Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, affect the adrenal glands, most negatively affecting girls. Newborn girls with this condition may have genitalia that resembles that of newborn boys, and amount to 1 in 15,000 births.

Overall, the chances that a baby’s “assigned sex at birth” will conflict with his or her adult gender identity is remarkably low. Why would it be necessary to change a process that works just fine for 99.9 percent of the population to potentially reduce the emotional discomfort of a tiny fraction?

Even less of the transgender and intersex population actively seek to change this information. Since changing any legal document, something common for newly married couples, is always tedious, asking the few transgender people who may qualify to do so also isn’t especially compelling of a concern.

What we are seeing is an effort to deprioritize the facts of biological sex to accommodate an incredibly tiny and unrepresentative number of transgender activists. In comparison, for example, color-blindness affects about 4.5 percent of the population. It isn’t necessary to redesign all traffic lights across the nation to accommodate this population.

It is compassionate to provide reasonable accommodation to assist people born with various disorders to more easily enjoy daily life, but we do not insist on a universal change that affects everyone in order to achieve it. Only transgender activists seem to feel entitled to impose their worldview onto the rest of society.

Besides the common-sense understanding that the overwhelming majority of people are born with an obvious and functioning biological sex, it is equally as obvious to note the medical importance of sex designation. Men and women have strikingly different health-care needs and proper medical distinction can be life-saving.

As Wesley J. Smith noted in a National Review article on this topic, “Publishing ideological advocacy in what is supposed to be a journal that primarily publishes objective scientific information contributes to the growing public distrust of the science sector.” It is OK to say no to this kind of nonsense.

Chad Felix Greene is a senior contributor to The Federalist. He is the author of the “Reasonably Gay: Essays and Arguments” series and is a social writer focusing on truth in media, conservative ideas and goals, and true equality under the law. You can follow him on Twitter @chadfelixg.



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Amajor Democratic bundler, who raised large sums for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and consorted with Joe Biden, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for what prosecutors said was a “mercenary” political influence scheme.

Imaad Zuberi, a Californian businessman was sentenced Thursday for schemes to funnel foreign money into U.S. political campaigns, then take millions of dollars for himself.

The Los Angeles Times reported that U.S. Assistant Attorney Daniel J. O’Brien said Zuberi was “purely a mercenary, funneling money to whomever he believed would do his bidding.”

Among the many unsealed court records, Zuberi was seen photographed with Joe Biden and Barack Obama when they were Vice President and President. He was also pictured with former President Bill Clinton and former presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton. He took pictures with former Republican Rep. Paul Ryan when he was speaker of the House as well as the late Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

Also included in the Times report was a hacked email chain released on WikiLeaks. Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook messaged colleagues saying, “I’m OK taking the money and dealing with any attacks.” Jennifer Palmieri responded saying, “Take the money!”

He also attended Hillary Clinton’s election night party in New York City in 2016 as well as serving as a co-chair of The Trump Presidential Inauguration Committee.

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Zuberi made more than $950,000 in unlawful donations to the political committees of Obama, Clinton, McCain and others. Zuberi’s activities extended as far as a recent attempt to work his way into the Biden circle, according to Politico.  

In addition to the money he made, Zuberi also raised $270,000 for Hillary Clinton and $1.3 million for President Obama.

Zuberi, 50, pleaded guilty to a “three-count information charging with violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)” for making false statements on a FARA filing as well as tax evasion and illegal contributions to political campaigns. He also pleaded guilty in a separate case earlier in June 2020 to a count of obstruction of justice.

“Zuberi turned acting as an unregistered foreign agent into a business enterprise,” Assistant Attorney General for National Secretary John C. Demers said in a Department of Justice news release.

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Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz confirmed Thursday that he flew earlier this week to Mexico with family members, following the emergence of pictures appearing to show him in an airplane cabin and at a check-in counter, as fellow residents to recover from a deadly winter storm.

Cruz said in a statement that he accompanied his daughters on a flight Wednesday night to Mexico because they had the week off with school canceled.

“Wanting to be a good dad,” said Cruz, who also stated he is returning to Texas on Thursday afternoon.

The storms has been connected to at least seven deaths in Texas and knocked out power to as many as 2.5 million residents. The number of residents without electricity as of Thursday morning was down to less than 1 million, officials said.  

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“My staff and I are in constant communication with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what happened in Texas,” Cruz also said. “We want our power back, our water on, and our homes warm.”

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The South Carolina House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 79-35 to pass legislation that would prohibit most abortions. 

The bill must pass through a procedural vote in the House on Thursday prior to heading to GOP Gov. Henry McMaster who has indicated that he will sign it, according to the Associated Press. Two Republicans voted against the legislation while two Democrats voted for it. The state Senate passed the measure last month. 

The bill requires doctors to carry out an ultrasound to check for a fetal heartbeat and if a heartbeat is identified an abortion can only be performed in certain circumstances.

The legislation would not penalize a woman for obtaining an unlawful abortion, though the individual responsible for performing the abortion could face consequences.

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The outlet reported that other states have approved similar or even more stringent abortion prohibitions which could be implemented if the Supreme Court throws out the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. All of the other states’ abortion bans are currently entangled by court challenges and if the South Carolina bill is approved it will likely face litigation that prevents it from going into effect, according to the AP.

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