Vote Recommendation - S. 251 / H.R. 426

Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act

This bill makes it a violation of federal law for a recipient of federal funds who operates, sponsors, or facilitates athletic programs or activities to permit a person whose sex is male to participate in an athletic program or activity that is designated for women or girls. The bill specifies that sex shall be recognized based solely on a person's reproductive biology and genetics at birth.
S. 251 / H.R. 426
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL)

As men across the country seek to compete in athletic competitions against authentic women, it has become clear: Congress must act to protect women’s sports by passing the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act. 

Women have a fundamental right to learn, live, and compete on an equal playing field. These important protections were ensconced in law in 1972 when Title IX was enacted in the Civil Rights code, ensuring that women would not be deprived of educational, sports, or scholarship opportunities, nor would they be dissuaded from these pursuits by deliberate privacy concerns. With President Biden’s January 2021 executive order re-interpreting these protections to include “gender identity,” women are now in danger of losing these common sense defenses – and indeed, as recent examples have demonstrated, this appears to be happening with greater regularity.

We need the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act:

  • Without it, women will lose the right to compete for scholarships on a level playing field.
    • The era of competitive women’s sports would end as we know it. Authentic women would no longer be able to compete on a fair playing field, as men would dominate and strip them of their titles, their records, and their scholarships. Athletic opportunities for these women would disappear overnight, even in the Olympics.
      • Lia Thomas has demonstrated exactly how authentic women will lose their competitive standing within their own sports if they are obliged to compete against men. While competing as a male, Thomas was a mediocre swimmer. Since identifying as a woman, Thomas has absolutely dominated his female competitors – most recently by winning the 2022 NCAA Championship in the women’s 500-yard freestyle. Thomas’s comparative performance is an excellent example of the natural disparity between men and women. Women’s sports should not be made to suffer for the sake of gratifying the male ego’s need to compete.
  • Without it, women will lose the right to privacy on overnight school trips, in their dormitories, and in their locker rooms.
    • Without this legislation, any man identifying as a woman will be given access to women’s private spaces such as locker rooms, showers, and bathrooms. That means your daughter’s school trip may result in her sharing a room with a male peer, her first roommate in college might be a biological male, and her showers could be inhabited by biological men.
    • Even women’s prisons and women’s shelters that receive federal funding would be required to house men, despite the fact that many of the women inhabiting those spaces have suffered abuse from men in their lives.
  • Without it, educational institutions will be penalized for “discrimination” if they do attempt to protect the women within their walls.
    • There will be no petition to sign to protect your girls. Speaking out will land the victim in trouble for discrimination; instead of the law acting as recourse, women will be doubly condemned – their privacy violated and their personal freedoms threatened if they speak out.

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