Senators Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), Mike Lee (R-UT), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), James Lankford (R-OK), and Tom Cotton (R-AR) recently introduced a bill that will protect female athletes of all ages from being forced to complete against biological men.
The issue has galvanized an unlikely coalition of women, from feminists to pro-family, pro-life advocates, who have teamed up with female athletes fighting against the transgender movement that believes “gender identity” and not biological sex should be the standard for competition in sports.
The bill also is tied to Title IX, the federal statute that prevents discrimination against women in sports because of their biological sex.
The Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act would “make it a violation of Title IX for a school that receives federal education funds to permit a biological male to participate in a sports program designated for women and girls.”
Loeffler posted information about the bill and sponsors comments about why they support the bill on her website:
Under Loeffler’s bill, schools that allow biological males to compete against women and girls in sports – disrupting the goals established by Title IX – would be in danger of losing federal funding. For example, a high-profile case in Connecticut resulted in two biological males winning 15 women’s track championship titles previously held by nine women. One of these males set a first-place record for the women’s track event, which would have been 140th place in men’s track. The males also prevented the women from advancing to regional meets, taking away an opportunity for the women to compete in front of college scouts.
“Title IX established a fair and equal chance for women and girls to compete, and sports should be no exception,” Loeffler said. “As someone who learned invaluable life lessons and built confidence playing sports throughout my life, I’m proud to lead this legislation to ensure girls of all ages can enjoy those same opportunities.
“This commonsense bill protects women and girls by safeguarding fairness and leveling the athletic field that Title IX guarantees,” Loeffler said.
“Men and women are biologically different,” Lee said. “That’s just a scientific fact. For the safety of female athletes and for the integrity of women’s sports, we must honor those differences on a fair field of competition.”
“Maintaining the integrity of healthy competition is crucial for the future of women and girls in sports,” Blackburn said. “Schools and universities that allow males to participate in women’s sports defeats the purpose of Title IX.”
“When Title IX was passed and signed into law, the intent was to ensure equal access for men and women in education, including sports,” Lankford said. “Permitting biological males to participate in women’s sports rejects the very spirit of Title IX, which was intended to create an equal playing field for women and girls. This bill upholds and reiterates congressional intent and promotes actual equality for women and girls in sports by respecting the dignity of biological female athletes across the nation.”
“At their best, sports teach our kids fundamental lessons about fairness and integrity in a safe environment—but there’s nothing fair, honest or safe about allowing men to compete in sports leagues designed solely for women,” Cotton said. “This bill will preserve the sports leagues and teams that allow women and girls to excel as athletes.
“And it will defend the commonsense principle that women’s sports are for women,” Cotton said. “It’s tragic but unsurprising that such a defense is necessary.” full storyFollow Elite Feed!