Gabbard floats ‘Protect Women’s Sports Act’ to protect biologically female athletes
Some liberals, according to ESPN, got a little misty-eyed recently when Sarah Fuller, a soccer player at Vanderbilt University, trotted onto the gridiron and booted the pigskin 30 yards to become the first woman to participate in a football game at the elite collegiate level.
But would they be so emotional and supportive if a middle linebacker declared as a woman and trotted onto the soccer field at ol’ Vandy?
Perhaps. And Joe Biden promises to make such opportunities a realization on his first day in office. But maybe not all in Biden’s Democratic Party see that as social or cultural advancement. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard certainly doesn’t. She actually wants to keep women’s sports for natural-born women.
On Thursday, Gabbard introduced the “Protect Women’s Sports Act” to do just that.
At its core, the measure proposes to block federal funding for schools that permit transgender males or females to participate in sports that are not of their sex at birth. The bill beefs up Title IX, a federal civil rights law enacted in 1972 that banned sexual discrimination in education. Over time that has come to apply to athletics, which has greatly boosted opportunities and funding for women’s sports.
In recent years, though, transgender activists have pushed for inclusion under Title IX, with that having a profound effect on women’s sports. In Connecticut, for instance, a controversy has raged over a law allowing biological boys to participate in girl’s athletics, and consequently, two transgender boys have dominated state track competitions. Earlier this year, the Trump administration told Connecticut their policy violated Title IX.
NEW: Hawaii Rep. @TulsiGabbard introduces bill called ‘Protect Women’s Sports Act’ — would clarify Title IX protections to be based on biological sex, which would impact transgender athletes participating in athletic programs for women and girls @KITV4 pic.twitter.com/VcDDgO1mFL
— Tom George (@TheTomGeorge) December 10, 2020
“Title IX was a historic provision championed by Hawai‘i’s own Congresswoman Patsy Mink in order to provide equal opportunity for women and girls in high school and college sports,” Gabbard said in a statement. “It led to a generational shift that impacted countless women, creating life-changing opportunities for girls and women that never existed before.”
“However, Title IX is being weakened by some states who are misinterpreting Title IX, creating uncertainty, undue hardship and lost opportunities for female athletes. Our legislation 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.”
While her own party will likely shun her – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have both publicly applauded Biden’s first-day idea – Gabbard may find many Republicans open to her bill.
Her bill was co-sponsored by GOP Rep. Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma, who in a statement echoed her sentiment about keeping the playing fields level.
Additionally, Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia introduced a similar bill in September.
In an interview last week with CNSNews.com, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said of Biden’s first-day proposal, “I think allowing boys to run in the girl’s track meet is one of the dumbest ideas ever to inhabit the brain of a politician. And to let boys take spots from girls in athletics is something so stupid that I think it will eventually backfire on them because there are many advocates, people who have girls that are in athletics, that think it’s a really dumb idea to let boys run in girls’ track meets. A really bad idea.”
CNSNews.com also put the question to GOP Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. “With all the things going on in the world, I’m not sure that is a day one situation,” Rubio responded.