Trans rights are ‘harming’ women in justice system

Trans rights are ‘harming’ women in justice system after self-declaration was adopted despite not aligning with law, think-tank says

  • Self-declaration of gender identity has been adopted by key institutions 
  • This is despite not aligning with the law, creating problems, the paper states
  • Joanna Cherry QC, who wrote foreword, lamented ‘toxic’ debate on trans issues 

The criminal justice system is failing women by favouring transgender rights, a think-tank has suggested.

Self-declaration of gender identity has been adopted by key institutions despite not aligning with the law, creating problems for both female suspects and victims, the Policy Exchange paper states.

The publication cites a paper from Oxford University sociology professor Michael Biggs, who said: ‘If campaigners for gender identity achieve their goal, the number of males in women’s prisons will multiply.

‘Given the obvious incentive for heterosexual men to transfer… males would soon outnumber females. The consequence for female inmates hardly needs to be spelled out.’

Self-declaration of gender identity has been adopted by key institutions despite not aligning with the law, creating problems for both female suspects and victims, the Policy Exchange paper states

The report, titled Transgenderism and Policy Capture in the Criminal Justice System, called for the elimination of de facto declarations of gender identity and for data to be recorded on the basis of sex.

Its author Maureen O’Hara, assistant professor at Coventry University, said: ‘Practices which treat biological males as women are causing harm to victims of crime, staff in the criminal justice institutions, female prisoners, and perhaps to trans-identifying offenders.’

SNP MP Joanna Cherry QC, who wrote the paper’s foreword, lamented the ‘toxic’ debate around trans issues.

She said: ‘When politicians from the left and right such as Annaliese Dodds, Nicola Sturgeon and Ruth Davidson refuse to define what a woman is for fear of being branded ‘transphobic’, it is depressingly difficult to have an informed debate on the implications of the wholesale and often unquestioning adoption of gender identity theory by our institutions, both public and private.

SNP MP Joanna Cherry QC, who wrote the paper's foreword, lamented the 'toxic' debate around trans issues

SNP MP Joanna Cherry QC, who wrote the paper’s foreword, lamented the ‘toxic’ debate around trans issues

‘Many politicians describe the debate as toxic and use that as an excuse to avoid addressing issues of the sort set out in this article. It is a quite shocking abdication of their responsibility as law makers.’ 

She added: ‘Meanwhile across the public and private sectors, women and indeed some men have lost or been hounded from their jobs for daring to question the adoption of gender identity theory in their workplaces… It is positively McCarthyite.’ 

The report, authored by assistant professor at Coventry University Maureen O’Hara, called for the elimination of de facto declarations of gender identity in the criminal justice system and for data to be recorded on the basis of sex.

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