Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Gabbard’s Exit From House to Leave Democrats With 1 Less Centrist Voice
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:16 PM :: 812 Views :: Democratic Party, Congressional Delegation

Gabbard’s Exit From House to Leave Democrats With 1 Less Centrist Voice

by Nicole Russell, Daily Signal, December 29, 2020

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard opted not to run for reelection to a fifth term in Congress and will be leaving office when the 116th Congress adjourns this week, but the Hawaii Democrat will be missed.

That’s because Gabbard is one of the few remaining voices of moderation in her increasingly left-wing party in Congress. Her recent sponsorship of three pieces of legislation, as well as her principled vote against the COVID-19 relief bill, bear that out.

On Dec. 10, she introduced a bill that, if enacted, would protect girls and women from being forced to compete in sports against transgender biological males.

Gabbard sponsored H.R. 8932, the Protect Women’s Sports Act, with Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., “to clarify Title IX protections for female athletes [are] based on biological sex,” according to a statement announcing the introduction of the bill.

The legislation would stop schools from receiving federal funding if they allow transgender males and females to play athletics on teams with students of the opposite biological sex.       

Gabbard, who unsuccessfully sought the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, said she wants to protect Title IX’s original intent, “which was based on the general biological distinction between men and women athletes, based on sex.”

The Hawaii lawmaker released an eight and a half-minute video on Twitter offering detailed background on Title IX and an explanation of why she’s co-sponsoring the bill.

“It is the height of hypocrisy for those who claim to be advocates for women’s rights to deny that there is even such a thing as a woman, biologically speaking—to deny the very biological distinction that makes women women, and not men,” she said.

Emilie Kao, director of the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation, commended the Hawaii Democrat.

Rep. Gabbard took a courageous stand for fairness and female athletes around the country.

Biology matters in many areas. It matters in sports because it determines competitiveness, performance, and results.

There is widespread bipartisan support for keeping male and female sports separate. Americans know that the law should protect fair competition by acknowledging the reality of sex differences.

A day earlier, on Dec. 9, Gabbard also introduced H.R. 8923, which would amend the U.S. criminal code “to ensure a health care practitioner exercises the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.”

The bill is similar to a bipartisan piece of legislation introduced earlier this year that was rejected. Gabbard received criticism on social media for offering “redundant” legislation.

But Melanie Israel, a research associate at Heritage’s DeVos Center, said Gabbard’s bill should be praised, not mocked.

Protecting babies who survive an abortion procedure shouldn’t be controversial. And this is not a hypothetical problem. Data from both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as various state health departments, report disturbing cases of infants surviving abortions.

Current federal law recognizes these infants as ‘persons,’ but there are no requirements that health care practitioners provide care for such infants.

In effect, a baby can be left to die after surviving an abortion without any clear legal consequences. The status quo is unacceptable, and the remedy shouldn’t be subject to partisan handwringing.

Gabbard introduced yet another pro-life bill, H.R. 8939, “to protect pain-capable unborn children.” It essentially would ban abortions after 20 weeks, unless the life or health of the mother is at risk.

These bills are all commonsense and based on science. They protect the vulnerable among us, whether they are infants fighting to survive or women looking just to compete on a level playing field in a world where transgender males “identify” as females and win competitions unfairly.

But Gabbard’s support for these bills makes her an outlier in an increasingly liberal party.

The prospective Biden administration has said it would seek to enact the so-called Equality Act, which would expand anti-discrimination laws to protect LGBTQ individuals, posing a threat to religious freedom, and to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which since 1980 has barred federal funding for most abortions.    

Gabbard, whose 2nd Congressional District encompasses the entire state of Hawaii outside of Oahu, has also departed from her party’s left-wing orthodoxy in other ways. 

She announced she would refuse to receive the COVID-19 vaccine available to members of Congress until after elderly Americans have received it. In a tweet, she lambasted “arrogant, unelected [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] bureaucrats” for failing to put older generations—who are more vulnerable to the coronavirus—first.

The outgoing congresswoman also voted Dec. 21 against the COVID-19 relief package and described the $600 qualifying Americans will receive as “a slap in the face to every American struggling due to the pandemic.”

Gabbard described the bill as a “representation of the screwed-up priorities of Washington” and tweeted, “You deserve better.”

Of course, Gabbard’s voting record was hardly perfect, but her refusal to reflexively fall in line with fellow liberals when important issues are involved was a breath of fresh air in an era when identity politics reign and when few politicians seem to speak for their constituents and instead automatically align with their respective sides.

Links

TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote

2aHawaii

808 Silent Majority

ACA Signups Hawaii

ALEC

Alliance Defending Freedom

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

American Council of Trustees and Alumni

AntiPlanner

Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Astronomy Hawaii

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Better Hawaii

Blaisdell Memorial Project

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

ChinaTownWatch.com

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

Coffee Break

DeedySupport.com

DVids Hawaii

E Hana Kakou Kelii Akina

FIRE

Fix Oahu!

Follow the Money Hawaii

Frank in Hawaii

Front Page Magazine

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute

Habele.org

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Credit Union Watch

Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Advocates

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii Future Project

Hawaii Gathering of Eagles

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii March for Life

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Together

Heritage Foundation

HIEC.Coop

HiFiCo

Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

I Vote Hawaii

If Hawaii News

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

Iowa Meets Maui

Jackson v Abercrombie

Jihad Watch

July 4 in Hawaii

Kahle v New Hope

Kakaako Cares

Kau TEA Party

Kauai Co GOP

Keep Hawaii's Heroes

KeyWiki

Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Malulani Foundation

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

Mauna Kea Recreational Users Group

MentalIllnessPolicy.org

Middle East Forum--The Legal Project

Mililani Conservatives for Change

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

Muslim Brotherhood in America

NAMI Hawaii

NARTH

Natatorium.org

National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

National Wind Watch

New Hawaiian

New Zeal

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Northwest Economic Policy Seminar

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

Now What I Really Think

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport

ObamaCare Abortion Hawaii

Obookiah

OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

OurFutureHawaii.com

Pacific Aviation Museum

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii

P.U.E.O.

RailRipoff.com

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Republican Party -- Hawaii State

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

Save Dillingham Airfield

School Choice in Hawaii

SenatorFong.com

Sink the Jones Act

Statehood for Guam

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

UCC Truths

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

VAREP Honolulu

Waagey.org

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii

Yes2TMT