Biden's SCOTUS Nominee Declines to Define the Word 'Woman' Because 'I'm Not a Biologist'


President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee is receiving criticism over an exchange during her confirmation hearing that featured a question about the definition of the word “woman.”

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) asked Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on Tuesday, “Can you provide a definition for the word ‘woman’?”

“Can I provide a definition?” Jackson asked.

When Blackburn confirmed that was her question, Jackson said, “I can’t.”

“You can’t?” the senator asked.

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Jackson explained, “Not in this context I’m not a biologist.”

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The Tennessee senator then asked, “So, you believe the meaning of the word ‘woman’ is so unclear and controversial that you can’t give me a definition?”

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“Senator, in my work as a judge, what I do is I address disputes. If there’s a dispute about a definition, people make arguments, and I look at the law and I decide,” Jackson responded.

Blackburn fired back, “The fact that you can’t give me a straight answer about something as fundamental as what a woman is underscores the dangers of the kind of progressive education that we are hearing about.”

The exchange drew harsh criticism:

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During the hearing, Blackburn referenced transgender swimmer Lia Thomas’ first place finish in the NCAA Women’s Swimming Championship 500 yard freestyle event last week. She also asked Jackson what message she believes Thomas’ victory sends.

“I’m not sure what message that sends,” Jackson said. “If you’re asking me about the legal issues related to it, those are topics that are being hotly discussed.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) ripped into the NCAA for allowing Thomas to compete in the event, as IJR reported.

“By allowing men to compete in women’s sports, the NCAA is destroying opportunities for women, making a mockery of its championships, and perpetuating a fraud,” he wrote in a tweet.

He added, “In Florida, we reject these lies and recognize Sarasota’s Emma Weyant as the best women’s swimmer in the 500y freestyle.”

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