Jim Pillen, the Republican governor of Nebraska, has reportedly now signed an executive order that specifies biological sex, supports the use of single-sex facilities, and forbids gender-ambiguous men from entering women’s venues and participating in women’s sports.
The new legislation, ‘Executive Order No. 23-16: Establishing a Women’s Bill of Rights’, aims to codify the ‘unique and immutable biological differences’ between men and women, which cause unequal physical competition and necessitate sex-segregated social, educational, athletic, or other spaces in order to ensure safety and permit members of each sex to succeed and thrive.
On August 30, after gaining the governor’s approval, the order became operative.
Just two weeks prior, a district court judge had ruled that the state could enforce its ban on minors undergoing gender-mutilating surgery and its requirement that hormonal interventions be carried out in accordance with rules established by the state’s chief medical officer, who was chosen by Pillen.
Legislative Bill 574 was first approved by Pillen in May. The bill also forbids abortions after 12 weeks.
Republicans, including Pillen, had earlier criticized Sen. Merv Riepe for changing his mind about supporting wording that would have prohibited abortion after a baby’s heartbeat was detected (often at six weeks), which ultimately prevented the unborn from receiving additional protection.
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