Fairness 'shouldn't be a partisan issue'

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

women's track startPennsylvania's voice for families is encouraged to see that The Keystone State has joined the list of those with bills or laws that bar biological males from competing in female sports.

The Fairness in Women's Sports Act (House Bill 972) was introduced by five Pennsylvania state representatives: Barb Gleim (R-Cumberland), Martina White (R-Philadelphia), Dawn Keefer (R-York/Cumberland), Stephanie Borowicz (R-Clinton/Centre), and Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny).

"The opportunity for girls to compete on a level playing field must be protected," wrote the representatives in a co-sponsorship memo. "Title IX was designed to stop discrimination and create equal athletic opportunities for women... Having separate biologically-specific teams, which Title IX protects, furthers efforts to promote women's equality."

Pennsylvania Family Institute supports the measure.

"We have a Republican legislature and a Democratic governor, but we think this really shouldn't be a partisan issue, and it's something that people on both sides can really rally behind," says Alexis Stefani, communications and policy officer at Pennsylvania Family Institute. "There are clear biological differences between men and women, and hopefully we can kind of rally behind protecting these spaces for women."

Some states, including Mississippi and Arkansas, have passed such legislation. South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (R) vetoed a bill from her state's legislature, although she did issue executive orders that she says will protect women's sports.

Alexis Stefani everyone should pay attention to and care about this issue.

"It's an issue that we are all going to have to face eventually," she warns. "If we force girls to compete against biological boys, we're really erasing and destroying women's sports as we know it because of all the physical advantages that men have over women."

That, she says, is why this legislation is needed.

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