Nebraska Governor Signs ‘Common Sense’ Executive Order Defining Biological Sex – Jean Mondoro 9/1/23


Nebraska’s Republican Gov. Jim Pillen has signed an executive order which defines biological sex and endorses the use of single-sex facilities, prohibiting gender-confused men from invading women’s spaces and sports. 

On Wednesday, Pillen signed “Executive Order No. 23-16, Establishing a Women’s Bill of Rights,” which he described as “common sense” because “men do not belong in women’s only spaces.” 

It’s Common Sense.

Men do not belong in women’s only spaces.

— Governor Jim Pillen (@TeamPillen) August 31, 2023

“A person’s ‘sex’ is defined as his or her biological sex (either male or female) at birth,” the order states. “A ‘female’ is an individual whose biological reproductive system is developed to produce ova; a ‘male’ is an individual whose biological reproductive system is developed to fertilize the ova of a female.” 

The order specifies that the terms “woman” and “girl” also “refer to human females” and “man” and “boy” are males. Similarly, “the word ‘mother’ is defined as a parent of the female sex and ‘father’ is defined as a parent of the male sex.” 

“There are legitimate reasons to distinguish between the sexes with respect to athletics, prisons or other detention facilities, domestic violence shelters, rape crisis centers, locker rooms, restrooms and other areas where biology, safety and/or privacy are implicated.” 

Some of the “legitimate reasons” provided include the “unique and immutable biological differences” of men and women, leading to unequal physical competition and the need for sex-segregated “social, educational, athletic, or other spaces in order to ensure safety and/or to allow members of each sex to succeed and thrive.” 

The definitions clarified in the order are to be used “in the promulgation of administrative rules, enforcement of administrative decisions, and the adjudication of disputes by administrative agencies, boards, and commissions, all state agencies, boards, and commissions.”

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