Conservatives called spineless in Illinois transgender birth certificate debate
Laurie Higgins says it’s time conservatives took a more courageous stand in the transgender birth certificate debate.
Gov. Bruce Rauner recently signed into law a measure that makes it easier for those who self-identify as transgender to change their sex on birth certificates.
“If we don’t develop a spine, soon there will be no more single-sex basis for anyone, anywhere,” Higgins, a cultural issues researcher for the Illinois Family Institute, told the Prairie State Wire. "There won’t be any more single-sex anything. We can educate people as best we can, but right now we need to be a little more courageous in our stance.”
Higgins sad she finds it absurd that any legislature would allow people to obtain what she considers to be false birth certificates.
“No matter what happens, your sex can never really change,” she said. “By allowing people to change their birth certificates, what we’re doing is saying that a birth certificate is no longer a historical record of what happened in a moment and time. We have to remember at the time of birth doctors did not assign a gender for any of us; they identified the sex of the individual being born.”
Until recently, transgender people were allowed to change their birth certificates only if a doctor indicated they had undergone transition surgery. The new law changes that standard to require only that the individual have a medical or mental health provider confirming "clinically appropriate" treatment has been performed.
“This is absurd and destructive,” Higgins said. “It’s just a little part of the big picture not enough people are focusing on. The endgame is the eradication of the regular differences we see in the sexes. These things are more important than tax rates and all other things we as a society try to regulate. The trans community does not think you need to have surgery; just claim that you identify with the other sex and you should have unrestricted access. It sets up a cultural revolution like no other.”