Two federal lawmakers have introduced a bill that would bar men from competing with women in sports. The political party of one member won’t surprise anyone, but the party of the other certainly will.
Representative Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat, introduced, along with Republican Representative Markwayne Mullin, the Protect Women’s Sports Act.
“Given the average difference in abilities conferred by biological sex,” read the press release, “this bill would clarify Title IX protections for female athletes is based on biological sex.”
Leftists typically claim that Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, part of the Education Amendments, bars “discrimination” based on sexual orientation and “gender identity.” As a result, some schools allow boys pretending to be girls to compete with girls in physical sports.
Males, generally larger, stronger, and taller than females, will defeat females in any sport that requires physical competition. Four high school girls in Connecticut who run track were tired of losing races to boys pretending to be girls. They filed a complaint with the U.S Department of Education and a lawsuit against the state over a policy that denied them opportunities to win. Idaho’s Governor Brad Little saw the writing on the wall and signed a bill into law that protects women’s equal opportunities in athletics and fair competition in high school and college sports. A federal judge temporarily blocked enforcement of the law. The matter is still in litigation.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a statement of interest asking the court to rule against the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference for its improper interpretation of the law. The state claims Title IX of the federal code requires them to allow “transgender girls” to compete with actual girls. The DOJ contends that the law bars discrimination on the basis of biological sex, not “transgender” status.
In a press release, Rep. Gabbard spoke of Title IX’s history and expressed concern that the law “is being weakened by some states who are misinterpreting Title IX, creating uncertainty, undue hardship and lost opportunities for female athletes.” The bipartisan Protect Women’s Sports Act “protects Title IX’s original intent which was based on the general biological distinction between men and women athletes based on sex. It is critical that the legacy of Title IX continues to ensure women and girls in sports have the opportunity to compete and excel on a level playing field.”
On a side note, Rep. Gabbard also believes babies born alive after botched abortions should receive life-saving measures. She introduced an amendment that would “ensure a health care practitioner exercises the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.”