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Southern Poverty Law Center Smears Me

Last week I exposed how, at Seventh Circuit nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing, Senator Al Franken foolishly parroted the Southern Poverty Law Center’s false claim that the Alliance Defending Freedom “has defended state-sanctioned sterilization of transgendered people abroad.” I also highlighted SPLC’s broader ugly practice of promiscuously misusing hateful labels to stigmatize its political opponents and milk money from its gullible followers.

True to form, SPLC has responded to my criticism with an article bearing the sensationalistic title “Ed Whelan is pleased to defend state-enforced sterilization.” That charge is a vile lie—and grossly incompetent as well.

  1. SPLC uses the term “state-enforced sterilization” as a confusing and inflammatory shorthand that encompasses legal regimes that allow a change of a person’s sex on a government-issued document only when a person has undergone a so-called sex-change operation. Yes, sterilization is SPLC’s deceptive blanket dysphemism that covers what it usually celebrates as sex-reassignment surgery

[Update/clarification (2:00 p.m.): It may in fact be that some of the legal regimes that SPLC objects to condition (or conditioned) the documentary change of sex on actual sterilization alone. But SPLC is clearly using the term sterilization to include sex-reassignment surgery: it states, for example, that the American Medical Association “advocated for the same” (that is, for “total elimination” of the “sterilization requirement”) and links to an AMA document that objects to state laws that allow changes to the sex on birth certificates only for “applicants who change their sex by ‘surgical procedure.’” I’ve tweaked the preceding paragraph accordingly.]

Read more at National Review – http://www.nationalreview.com/bench-memos/451584/southern-poverty-law-center-transgender-smear

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