From Office of Rep. Bryan Cutler
In a move to support women’s rights in competitive sports, the state House approved the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act.
House Bill 972 would protect opportunities for women and girls in athletics by ensuring women are not forced to compete against biological males playing on women’s sports teams.
The current movement to allow biological males to participate in women’s sports threatens the progress made under Title IX and could rob female athletes of scholarships and other opportunities they gain by participating and excelling in sports. Title IX was adopted nearly five decades ago to ensure equal athletic opportunities for women.
Science clearly tells us that men and women are biologically different, with men having the ability to develop greater strength, speed and endurance than similarly gifted and trained women. In fact, in 2018, 275 high school boys ran the 400 meter faster than the lifetime best of Olympic Team USA member and world-record-holding sprinter Allyson Felix.
Lawmakers also pointed to the recent example of Lia Thomas, a biological male who competed on the University of Pennsylvania’s men’s swim team with mediocre results and then transitioned to female and smashed records on the women’s swim team.
House Bill 972 now goes to Senate for consideration .