The debate over allowing male-born athletes in female sports based on gender identity has played out for years in state legislatures, but House Republicans want to take on the issue in Washington. This should be done - women sports are for women - not men who want to dress the part.
Republican Reps. Greg Steube of Florida and Jim Banks of Indiana have filed a discharge petition to bring to the House floor the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act, or HR 426, seeking to force a vote on a hot-button issue ahead of the November election.
“Instead of paying lip service to women, I hope my colleagues across the aisle will actually do something for women and girls by signing onto this petition,” said Mr. Steube in a statement. “As the left perpetuates a craze to eliminate gender, the American people deserve to know where their elected representatives stand on protecting women’s sports.” The bill was introduced on Jan. 21, 2021, the day after President Biden took office. It has gone nowhere in the Democrat-controlled House Education and Labor Committee.
Meanwhile, 15 states have passed laws barring male-born athletes who identify as female from competing in girls’ or women’s sports, an issue that drew international attention last month when swimmer Lia Thomas became the first biological male to win a women’s NCAA Division I title. Sad!