Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Ohio’s “Save Women’s Sports Act”

From Activist Mommy:
A pair of Ohio Republicans have proposed a bill that would stop all male-born student athletes from competing as females once and for all. According to a statement from Rep. Jena Powell (R-Arcanum), HB 527, titled the “Save Women’s Sports Act,” would apply to “all public schools and colleges and any private schools or colleges that are members of a state or national athletic association.” 
If passed into law, the bill would ensure that women are not “forced to compete against men playing on women’s sports teams,” requiring that male and female sports teams be based upon the biological sex of an individual. 
“The Save Women’s Sports Act is a fairness issue for women,” said Powell. “This bill ensures that every little girl who works hard to make it on a podium is not robbed of her chance by a biological male competing against her in a biological female sport. We want every little girl to achieve her athletic dream here in the state of Ohio.” Powell pointed to the Connecticut case in which two different biological males stole 15 championship titles that were previously held by nine different female athletes. Neither Powell nor the bill’s co-sponsor, Rep. Reggie Stoltzfus (R-Paris Township) knew of a similar case in Ohio, which was all the more motivation to pass the bill as quickly as possible. (Read more.)

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