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Rapides Parish School Board v. United States Department of Education

Description:  The Biden administration’s unlawful rewrite of Title IX will force schools—including the 42 located in Rapides Parish, Louisiana—to impose widespread harms on young people and deny free speech on campus.

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Thursday, Jun 13, 2024

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Natalie Thompson regarding a Louisiana district court’s ruling Thursday in Rapides Parish School Board v. United States Department of Education to halt the Biden administration’s illegal rewrite of Title IX while the lawsuit continues. This is the first preliminary injunction issued in the country that puts a stop to the administration’s unlawful Title IX rule:

“The Biden administration’s radical redefinition of sex turns back the clock on equal opportunity for women, undermines fairness, and threatens student safety and privacy. The court was right to halt the administration’s illegal efforts to rewrite Title IX while this critical lawsuit continues. As the court wrote in its opinion, ‘The abuse of power by administrative agencies is a threat to democracy.’ The administration continues to ignore biological reality, science, and common sense. The Rapides Parish School Board and schools and teachers across the country are right to stand against the administration’s adoption of extreme gender ideology, which would have devastating consequences for students, teachers, administrators, and families.”

“Enacting the changes in the Final Rule would subvert the original purpose of Title IX: protecting biological females from discrimination,” the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana wrote in its decision. The court granted a preliminary injunction to the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, and Idaho in a consolidated lawsuit challenging the same rule.

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, and the sanctity of life.

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ABOUT Natalie Thompson

Natalie D. Thompson serves as senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, where her practice in the regulatory litigation group focuses on federal administrative law’s impact on religious freedom and the sanctity of life. Before joining ADF, Thompson served as an assistant solicitor general in the office of the Texas attorney general. In that role, she represented the state and its officials on appeal in significant litigation matters, including defending constitutional challenges to Texas laws and claims against state officials. As an assistant solicitor general, Thompson presented oral argument in numerous cases, including 12 arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit and eight before the Supreme Court of Texas. Before her government service, Thompson clerked for the Hon. Andrew S. Oldham of the 5th Circuit, the Hon. Nathan L. Hecht, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas, and the Hon. Michael W. Mosman of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. Thompson graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Law School and received her BA magna cum laude from the University of Southern California. While a law student, she served on the executive board of the University of Chicago Law Review.