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House Republicans are making a move that would keep biological males out of girls’ and women’s sports at public schools, colleges, and universities.
Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla. introduced the legislation, The Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act, or H.R. 734. The House will vote on it this week.
The bill has the support of NCAA champion swimmer and outspoken supporter of women’s rights in sports, Riley Gaines.
Gaines is a spokesperson for the Independent Women’s Forum. She recently visited San Francisco State University in that capacity to argue against allowing males to compete in women’s sports.
For her stance, Gaines was assaulted and held captive by protesters at the university.
“As an athlete who has experienced the injustice of competing against a male firsthand, I’m grateful for the leadership of Representative Steube,” Gaines wrote in a statement in support of the bill.
“He has made it clear that he will fight for fairness, privacy, and safety for girls and women in sports.”
The bill stipulates that any educational institution receiving Title IX federal funding would be restricted from allowing a person who is male to participate in girls’ and women’s athletic programs.
The bill further outlines that the sex of athletes would be their “reproductive biology and genetics at birth.”
Under the bill, transgender females would be allowed to train or practice in a female athletic program but not if it would deprive a female of a spot on the roster.
“The policies of the woke, progressive Left have invaded schools and campuses across America,” Steube wrote in March. “Allowing biological males on women’s sports teams and in their locker rooms creates an unfair competitive environment for female athletes.”
“Americans deserve the opportunity to see where their elected representatives stand on this incredibly important issue,” he added. “I look forward to voting in favor of this legislation to save women’s sports on the House floor very soon.”
The House Education and Workforce Committee analyzed the bill and voiced its approval.
Its report on the issue said, “Allowing men to compete in women’s athletic activities undermines the progress made by women and girls since Title IX’s enactment and uses a groundbreaking antidiscrimination statute to discriminate against the very people it was designed to protect.”
Female athletes shouldn’t get their hopes up, however. The anti-women Biden administration said if the bill passes, it will veto it.
“The Administration strongly opposes House passage of H.R. 734,” the White House said in a statement. “For students nationwide, participating in sports and being part of a team is an important part of growing up, staying engaged in school, and learning leadership and life skills.
“H.R. 734 would deny access to sports for many families by establishing an absolute ban on transgender students—even those as young as elementary schoolers—playing on a team consistent with their gender identity.”
“Schools, coaches, and athletic associations around the country are already working with families to develop participation rules that are fair and that take into account particular sports, grade levels, and levels of competition.
“As a national ban that does not account for competitiveness or grade level, H.R. 734 targets people for who they are and therefore is discriminatory,” it said.