On Wednesday, Alabama Senator Tommy Tuberville called for a speedy passage of a bill meant to preserve women’s sports and bar biological men from competing as women. Tuberville who worked as a coach before running for Senate, cited Title IX, a 1972 federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in schools that receive federal funding, which helped expand female sports programs. He noted that the law had been a benefit to female athletes,
“Title IX was just starting to be implemented when I took the job; I was there to see its incredible impact it had on young girls all over this country. For the first time, the young women I coached had equal access to facilities, resources, and competition. I saw those hardworking athletes go on to earn college scholarships, start careers and become leaders in their own communities,” he said.
Every girl who dreams of becoming a student athlete deserves our support.
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— Coach Tommy Tuberville (@SenTuberville) April 26, 2023
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The Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act passed in the House with solely Republican support but did not make it through the Senate, which is currently Democrat-controlled.
Tuberville warned the Biden administration that allowing biological males to play alongside biological women is “taking a sledgehammer… to Title IX.”
“A few weeks ago, on Good Friday of all days, Joe Biden’s Department of Education issued a new rule completely reinterpreting Title IX; Biden’s rule says schools cannot ban boys from participating in women’s sports or else they’ll lose their funding,” Tuberville said.
“That means teachers and coaches will have to begin opening their girls’ and women’s teams, fields, and locker rooms to biological males,” he continued. “It’s unfair, it’s unsafe, and it’s downright wrong. To be honest, it’s moronic.”
Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, took a stance against Tuberville’s call for a quick passage of the bill Republicans hoped would protect women’s sports.
She was more concerned with what the small number of biological men would do if not allowed to play women’s sports and with demonizing other perspectives as discriminatory. Hirono’s ridiculous stance makes it clear that Democrats are not concerned with protecting women; they are concerned with pushing a far-left agenda that is ok harming women and girls.
“But what is true is that these bans are deeply hurtful to transgender girls, particularly transgender girls of color, girls who are gender-nonconforming, and cisgender girls as well.”
“This isn’t about supporting women and girls,” she continued. “This is about power and control. My Republican colleagues are obsessed with controlling women’s bodies and our lives, as we are seeing today.”
“We shouldn’t be banning anyone from playing sports; we should be fighting the discrimination that all women and girls — trans, cis or otherwise — continue to face athletics, in the classroom and in the workplace,” Hirono added. “For these reasons, I object.”