Prisoners now have more privacy rights than students, after President Barack Obama’s letter directing public schools to allow bathroom use based upon gender identity, rather than biological sex, a legal expert argued at a Family Research Council event.
Courts have ruled that the privacy of prisoners while showering overrides the need to provide equality for women as prison guards, explained Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Matt Sharp Wednesday on a panel called, “Title IX: The Law of Unintended Consequences”
The privacy rights of inmates always trumped “equal opportunity” provisions for women in settled cases, he said.
In one such instance when male prisoners complained that a female guard had been assigned to patrol near the male showering area or bathroom, the prison responded that they had to provide equal opportunities for women. But every time the prisoners took such cases to court, the judges ruled in their favor.
Under the new federal guidelines, students have no legitimate ground to stand on if they are uncomfortable, for example, undressing or seeing someone of the opposite sex undress in front of them in a school locker room.
“So my question is: if a convicted murderer has the right of privacy, how much more so does a 10-year-old girl at school?” Sharp asked.
Sharp further noted that the language of Title IX, the 1972 statute forbidding discrimination in education, explicitly assumes the biological view of sex as male and female.
Fellow panelist Congresswoman Vicki Hartzler of Missouri is herself a former public school teacher and track coach, called the federal governments overreach “egregious.”
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SOURCE: The Christian Post