H.R. was announced by the Republican Study Committee today. Protecting Women and Girls in Sports Act 426. It prohibits Federal funding recipients who are involved in athletics from allowing male athletes to take part in programs and activities for female athletes.
If passed, H.R. 426 will mean that “sex shall be recognized based solely on a person’s reproductive biology and genetics at birth.”
Many thanks. @RepGregSteubeProtection of Women and Girls in Sports Act @POTUS & @SecCardona are rushing to send Title IX to the ash heap of history – the House should vote immediately on HR 426 to protect female athletes and #SaveWomensSports https://t.co/r9amDQ3US7
— Concerned Women for America LAC (@CWforA) April 21, 2022
Lia Thomas Drew Attention to the Issue
While the question of whether transgender females should participate in women’s sports has been in the news for years, University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas’s dominance of college swimming brought the issue to the forefront.
Thomas went from being ranked 400 on the men’s team to NCAA champ on the women’s team.
The RSC released the following statement to Daily Wire for the first time:
“RSC is committed to preserving female athletes’ legally guaranteed right to compete on a level playing field The 50th anniversary of Title IX is just months away and House Democrats should be forced to show whether they still support women’s sports. We support the use of a discharge petition to bring this bill to the floor.”
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It is likely that the bill will receive broad support
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It is in line with the opinions of most Americans.
Gallup found that most Americans (62%) think transgender athletes should compete on teams that are similar to their birth gender.
According to party breakdown, 86% of Republicans and 63% of Independents believe female athletes shouldn’t compete in male athletics. And 41% of Democrats agree.
A History-Making Transgender Player Would Likely Back the Bill
H.R. 426 is meant to address fears that transgender participation in women’s sports will lead to unfair competition.
Mianne Bagger, who “made history in 2004 when she became the first transgender athlete in a professional golf tournament at the Women’s Australian Open” hasn’t addressed the bill itself, but has indicated that her position is in line with the bill.
According to Bagger, the current rules “cross the line” and that they’re “a slap in the face to women.”
“Anyone with any basic understanding on biology and the difference between men and women knows it’s ridiculous. It’s male puberty that really grants boys and men that physical performance in sport,” Bagger said. “And I think it’s irrefutable — it’s ridiculous to suggest otherwise.”
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Protecting Women’s Sports
If we don’t do something to protect fair competition in women’s athletics, the very idea of women’s and men’s sports will become ridiculous. H.R. The mere mention of 426 does not even cover half the matter.
Because if we accept the argument that someone born a male can be a woman, why shouldn’t they compete in women’s sports? While transgender females may be able to have some advantages due to their genetics and other factors, they are also part of the sport.
Michael Phelps had an unnatural genetic advantage. Among othYou can also visit er things, “[h]e [had] a genetic advantage that caused his muscles to produce 50% less lactic acid.” It’s like his body was built for swimming.
Maybe Lia Thomas is blessed with a natural advantage. If she’s a woman, why does it matter if she’s stronger or has higher bone density?
To be clear, she shouldn’t have to undergo hormone replacement therapy. It seems that some women possess more testosterone than others.
If we accept that someone born male can be a woman, then there’s no logical limiting factor to stop anyone from competing in women’s sports.