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GOP Moves to Protect American Women in Olympic Sports

February 3, 2024

According to The Daily Caller, when a tampon dispenser was installed in a boy’s school bathroom at Brookfield High School in Connecticut, it took less than 25 minutes for it to be torn down and destroyed. The principal of the school expressed her disappointment, but many argue the students’ reaction demonstrated a larger theme emerging across the globe, namely, that the transgender movement has gone too far.

Particularly in the realm of professional sports, some lawmakers are stepping up to the plate to bat out policies that protect women’s sports and private spaces from biological men.

Lately, all evidence points to male athletes pretending to be women dominating women in competitions, from golf to boxing. It’s no wonder since, as experts have pointed out, men have distinct physical advantages over women. In many cases, women who train day-in and day-out don’t stand a chance at winning against the six-foot, muscular male competitor.

To level the playing field, Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) and Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.) “will introduce a bicameral bill that would block biological men from participating in any U.S. Olympic Committee event intended for women,” Fox News reported Thursday. While many international sports bodies including cycling, track and field, swimming, and weightlifting have enacted stricter regulations on transgender athletes, there are still sport bodies who are slow to protect women from virtual sports extinction.

With the Paris Olympics six months away, Tuberville and Steube decided to act. “Congress should not have to take legislative action to prevent biological men from hitting women for championship titles,” Steube said. “Due to the illogical USA Boxing transgender policy, I introduced legislation to prevent organizations who choose to live in delusion from being recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee.”

Steube introduced the House bill Thursday morning, and a similar proposal targeting the policy change that allowed men to box against women was announced by Tuberville in the Senate the same day. Tuberville shared with Fox News, “This bill will ensure that the Olympics are fair to American women who train their whole lives to represent our country on the world stage.” He continued, “Men should not be competing in women’s sports at any level — and especially not in a sport like boxing. Whether in Little League or the Olympics, it’s unsafe, it’s unfair and it’s just plain wrong.”

In a statement, Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, said, “Unfortunately, more leagues are doing nothing to stop biological males from invading women’s competition — ultimately hurting women.” She added, “This commonsense bill should be supported by every Member of Congress.” Steube agreed, saying, “We must combat the erasure of women’s sports by standing for truth, reality, safety and fairness.”

Mary Szoch, a former Division I athlete and director of the Center for Human Dignity at Family Research Council, commented to The Washington Stand, “Protecting women’s sports from male participation means more than allowing women to win the gold — it means that the lessons of fairness and the value of each person will continue to be taught through sports.”

As she pointed out, “This act demonstrates that Coach Tuberville and Congressman Steube value women’s participation not only in sports, but in the workplace, the home, and society at large. When men are allowed to take women’s spots on the court, it translates to the workplace.”

A bipartisan coalition is rallying behind the effort, including Alliance Defending Freedom, American Principles Project, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, Heritage Action, Independent Council on Women’s Sport (ICONS), Independent Women’s Forum (IWF), International Consortium on Female Sport (ICFS), Women’s Declaration International USA, and Women’s Liberation Front.

Ultimately, Szoch stated, “When a woman’s unique contributions are not valued as equal with a man’s, everyone loses. When a woman’s safety is not valued at all, evildoers win.”

Sarah Holliday is a reporter at The Washington Stand.