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APP’s Terry Schilling, Former UFC Champion Frank Mir Team Up to Defend Women’s Sports

February 26, 2021

From APP executive director Terry Schilling’s and former UFC champion and MMA fighter Frank Mir’s joint op-ed in USA Today:

On his first day in office last month, President Joe Biden signed an executive order which threatened to pull federal funding from schools unless they allow transgender women to compete on girls’ sports teams. On Thursday, the House passed a bill that would write this policy permanently into law.

Like many Americans with common sense, we strongly oppose these radical and unfair measures. And like many parents, our opposition is rooted in the care and concern we have for our daughters.

Participation in sports has had a positive impact on countless young women, helping them to develop leadership skills and learn to work together as a team. Striving to be the best is the goal, and valuable opportunities can stem from the competition. However, these lessons and opportunities would be seriously endangered if transgender women are allowed to compete in girls’ sports.Indeed, the entirety of women’s athletics would be deeply imperiled.

Advantage even with hormones

The reason is obvious. Biological male athletes have an insurmountable physical advantage over biological female athletes. They have greater muscle mass,bigger and stronger bones, and larger hearts and lungs than women. Moreover, one new study shows that even after taking female hormones, transgender women athletes still enjoy at least a temporary physical advantage on the playing field.

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Read the full op-ed here.

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