FRC: Trump's Reversal of Bathroom/Shower Mandate Is a Victory for Parents, Kids

Michael W. Chapman | February 23, 2017 | 12:23pm EST
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FRC President Tony Perkins. (FRC) 

( -- Action taken by the Trump administration to reverse an Obama administration mandate that public schools allow transgender students to use the bathrooms and showers that coincide with their "gender identity," not their biological sex, is a "victory for parents, children and privacy," said the Family Research Council (FRC) on Feb. 22.

The FRC also said their step, made specifically by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, "fulfills President Trump's campaign promise to get the federal government out of the business of dictating school shower and bathroom policies." 

"The Trump administration’s reversal of this mandate on schools is a victory for parents, children, and privacy," said FRC President Tony Perkins.   

“The Obama administration resorted to this coercive policy because they knew parents and schools could never be persuaded to force boys and girls to shower together, stay together on school trips, and use the same locker rooms and bathrooms," he said.  "As it turned out, the persistence of parents was far stronger than the government’s power of coercion."

"Parents refused to allow their child's innocence to be sacrificed on the altar of government imposed political correctness," said Perkins. 

He continued, “Today’s announcement fulfills President Trump’s campaign promise to get the federal government out of the business of dictating school shower and bathroom policies.   The federal government has absolutely no right to strip parents and local schools of their rights to provide a safe learning environment for children."

“What we were taught in kindergarten, boys use the boys room and girls use the girls room, was made old fashioned by liberal bureaucrats," said Perkins.  "Thanks to the Trump administration, parents and schools will remain free to protect the privacy and well-being of every student."

According to a survey by WPA Opinion Research, two-thirds (66%) of Americans disapprove of “government forcing schools, businesses, and non-profit organizations to open the showers, changing facilities, locker rooms, and bathrooms designated for women and girls, to biological males and vice versa.” Only 28% approved, with just 15% strongly approving. 


Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, said transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment and that sex change is “biologically impossible,” as reported in The Wall Street Journal.

“’Sex change’ is biologically impossible,” said McHugh. “People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women. Claiming that this is civil-rights matter and encouraging surgical intervention is in reality to collaborate with and promote a mental disorder.”

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