Sens. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) joined to introduce a bill that aims to withdraw funds from any school that allows trangender women to participate in women’s sports competitions.
According to The Washington Examiner, the senator who originally pushed the legislation is Loeffler and she also owns part of a National Women’s Basketball Association team. According to Loeffler, the legislation is necessary to ensure that women have equal access to sports opportunities.
“As someone who learned invaluable life lessons and built confidence playing sports throughout my life, I’m proud to lead this legislation to ensure girls of all ages can enjoy those same opportunities. This commonsense bill protects women and girls by safeguarding fairness and leveling the athletic field that Title IX guarantees,” said Loeffler.
The bill proposes that when accepting athletes for school sports competitions, the determination of the sex of women and girls should be exclusively based on the reproductive biology and genetics of the person at birth. In addition, schools that allow transgender women to compete against women and girls in sports will be in danger of losing federal funds.
In a press release issued by Loeffler, she details a recent example in Connecticut in which two transgender women won 15 women’s track and field titles between the 2017 and 2019 seasons. The two are Terry Miller of Bloomfield High School, who won a 55-meter race, and Andraya Yearwood of Cromwell High School, who came in second place.
Terry Miller also set a time record in first place for the women’s race event, which in male history would rank 140th. The victory of the transgender women prevented the possibility of the biological women advancing to regional competitions.
As reported by the Daily Signal, a group of young female competitors have filed a complaint with the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference about the policy allowing transgender women to compete against biological women in high school sports.
Lee, also a participant in the project, said, “Men and women are biologically different. That’s just a scientific fact. For the safety of female athletes and for the integrity of women’s sports, we must honor those differences on a fair field of competition.”