On Thursday, Kansas legislators passed the Women's Bill of Rights, becoming the first state in the union to pass a bill that defines a woman as a biological female.
The Daily Mail reports that the bill defines a woman as a person "whose biological reproductive system is developed to produce ova."
Speaking to the Washington Times, Senator Erickson, who spearheaded the bill, said, "What this does is simply codify in the law the definition of sex."
"It simply says that in existing statute or law, where there is a definition of sex, it means biological male and female as determined at birth. That’s very factual, it’s very objective," Erickson said. "There are legitimate reasons to distinguish between the sexes with respect to prisons, domestic violence shelters, rape crisis centers and other areas where safety and privacy are needed."
"This bill does not create any new rights or entitlements. It simply codifies the definition of sex as biological male and female in existing statutes and laws," she added.
The bill also states "Male and female individuals possess unique and immutable biological differences that manifest prior to birth and increase as such individuals age and experience puberty."
"The terms 'woman' and 'girl' refer to human females, and the terms 'man' and 'boy' refer to human males," states the bill, and "the term 'mother' means a parent of the female sex, and the term 'father' means a parent of the male sex."
The legislation passed in a 26-10 vote with no Democratic state senators voting in favor of the bill.
Democratic Governor Laura Kelly has vetoed the bill twice before. The bill will go to the House where it would need a veto-proof majority to pass into law.
The Daily Mail reports that the bill lays a foundation for legislation that would prevent biological males from competing in women's sports and using women's bathrooms and locker rooms.
Riley Gaines, who had to compete against biological male Lia Thomas in collegiate women's swimming competitions, was a vocal advocate of the bill.
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