Bill to Protect Girls’ and Women’s Sports Passes the House

( – The House passed legislation on Thursday that will prevent biological males who identify as transgender from competing against females in girls’ and women’s sports at schools across the nation if it passes the Senate and President Joe Biden’s desk.

After a long debate in which Republicans were accused by Democrats of “bullying” people who identify as transgender, the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act passed the House by a vote of 219-203. Every affirmative vote came from a Republican and every vote against the legislation came from a Democrat, highlighting the extreme divide between the two parties on this issue.

Republicans pushing the bill believe they must protect girls and women from biological boys and men who have overwhelming physical advantages when competing in girls’ and women’s sports even if they are transgender. Democrats view the bill as an extension of the harassment they claim transgender students already face in schools.

Ohio Democratic Rep. Greg Landsman said the bill “is about bullying children.” California Democratic Rep. Robert Garcia accused House Republicans of “choosing to bully and belittle trans children” which he said is “shameful.” And Washington Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal suggested renaming the bill “the ‘cancel kids trans hate bill,” claiming the legislation “fuels a virulent hate campaign against kids who just want to play with their friends.”

Republicans deny their intentions are hateful but that the purpose of the bill is to protect girls and women. They accused Democrats of pushing transgender rights too far, to an end that is illogical and goes against the purpose of Title IX, which was created by Congress in 1972 “to protect women’s sports to enable women to have an equal playing field in athletics,” according to GOP Florida Rep. Greg Steube who sponsored the bill.

It’s also ironic the Democrats accuse their opponents of hate after champion swimmer Riley Gaines, who had to compete against transgender swimmer Lia Thomas, was recently attacked for supporting the bill and speaking out.

The bill will now head to the Senate where it is unlikely to pass as Democrats still hold the majority there. If it does pass the Senate, it will go to President Biden’s desk and the president already stated he would veto it if that is the case.

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