Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) said, “If you really care about the wellbeing of kids, let me remind you, the leading cause of death [for children and teens] in this country is gun violence. Yet our Republican colleagues will not do anything to protect children from being slaughtered in their schools...Shame on you. This is a disgrace.”


Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-Calif.) noted how House Republicans cannot claim they are outing out of care about women. “They’ve introduced a national abortion ban, they opposed paid family leave, they blocked the ERA, they fought against universal childcare. And now they’re using the false guise of protecting women to blatantly discriminate against the trans community and threaten the privacy of all women and girls...This is about discrimination and scoring political points.”

Here’s Rep. Maxwell Frost (D-Fla.) making a similar point about the gross political angle: “This isn’t about a problem that needs a solution, but about politicians looking for a target. We want freedom and liberty for all of our people, and they want the government to be in children’s pants. Disgusting.”


Two more Democrats mentioned the prospect of enforcement via genital exams.

“This bill is so vaguely written that it would subject every single girl to undergo a medical evaluation to prove their femaleness...Are we in Iran? Is this what we want to subject our girls to? This bill is insulting and dehumanizing and is tantamount to rape.,” Rep. Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D-Calif.) said. “To its core this bill is issue-deflecting, cloaked in misogyny and it is a true disgrace—not to mention sexist, because I don’t think you would do this to a man and ask them to prove their maleness. This is sick.”


Rep. Greg Landsman (D-Ohio) said: “Your government has become so intrusive in our lives—you’re in our doctor’s offices banning reproductive freedom, you’re in our classrooms banning books and what teachers can and can’t say, and now you’re in my daughter’s locker room requiring physical exams of children? It is so profoundly disgusting and inappropriate.”

The only (kind of?) good news here is that this bill has no chance in the Democratic-controlled Senate. But I am currently dialing 911.