“Infrastructure” Bill Erases Women

While the recently passed infrastructure bill is being portrayed as a bipartisan win that will help fund roads and bridges, certain elements of the bill may have potentially dangerous impacts on women in the United States. By including language that would allow the Biden administration to punish any entity that chooses to acknowledge or educate on scientific facts about biological sex, Congress has opened the door to a slippery slope that arguably furthers the erasure of women.  

Section 60307 of the new infrastructure bill contains language that prevents any entity receiving funding through the law from acknowledging biological facts about sex:  

“No individual in the United States may, on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity that is funded in whole or in part with funds made available to carry out this title.”  

The operative word here is “perceived,” indicating that any recognition of biological sex in areas like sports programs and activities meant specifically for women, will lead to the possibility of punishment from an administration that refuses to acknowledge God-given identity. This seems to unfairly target Christians and other people of faith who believe in the importance of accepting and abiding by the sexes as God designed them, and that God’s design must be defended in the public square. 

Nearly 20 percent of the U.S. workforce is somehow tied to the government — whether it be as federal employees or those working under some sort of government contract — and it is still unclear how many of those individuals will be directly affected by the infrastructure bill’s implementation. However, we do know that the bill touches every sector of infrastructure, from energy, to transportation, to water, and more, and in each area that it touches, it essentially erases women from the equation.  

By using the bill’s funding to incentivize institutions to remove language about biological sex from their dialogue, the government has taken steps to further ignore the distinctions between men and women. This is not only dismissive to women, but it has potentially dangerous consequences if biological men are allowed in to private spaces meant for women, like restrooms. 

Because of the massive spending numbers attached to this bill, government work is likely to expand and include more of the U.S. population under its umbrella. This will lead to a higher number of people directly affected by this erasure of women. 

The bill does a disservice to all women, and will force both men and women to either maintain their job and silently accept these identity politics or proclaim God-given truth and risk job termination.

 Men and women are both created wonderfully and uniquely by God in His image. No one should be punished for proclaiming this truth, but that is precisely what the infrastructure bill does.


Carroll Conley
Executive Director

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