Another guv presented with bill protecting women's sports

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
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volleyball (women's hands)The Republican governor of West Virginia is being urged to sign legislation similar to other states that are taking steps to fend off a pro-transgender movement that threatens the integrity of girls' and women's sports.

Allen Whitt, president of the Family Policy Council of West Virginia, explains that the "Save Girls Sports" bill (HB 3293) would ensure a fair playing field for the state's young girls and college-age women.

"[It] would allow them to compete in athletics without fear that a biological male – perhaps one who is struggling with gender dysphoria or perhaps one who is just a knucklehead – who decides he wants to win a girls' race," says Whitt.

The measure passed the West Virginia Senate on Thursday (18-15) and the House on Friday (80-20).

Whitt continues: "We have been led to believe that the governor [Jim Justice] is going to let [HB 3293] become law perhaps without his signature. However, he is receiving a tremendous amount of telephone calls from leftist activists, from LGBTQAI+ organizations, perhaps some even threatening to do economic damage to West Virginia, if he does let this become law."

Governor Justice happens to be a high school girls' basketball coach. "So we'd like to encourage our governor to … stand strong and let this become law and protect our young women and our girls in West Virginia," Whitt adds.

Similar bills have been passed and signed into law in a few states, including Mississippi, Arkansas, and Idaho. Legislators in Pennsylvania recently introduced a similar measure.

Meanwhile, South Dakota's governor vetoed the legislation but issued executive orders she says will protect female sports in a way the legislation does not. Governor Kristi Noem (R-South Dakota) has informed "Tucker Carlson Tonight" and other television programs that the legislation is "a trial lawyer's dream" and "the NCAA is a bully."

Don't cave

Last month hundreds of college athletes signed a letter to the NCAA Board of Governors asking the organization to refuse to schedule championships in states that have banned transgender athlete participation in sports. Whitt emphasizes that the state legislature should not cave to outside influences.

"West Virginia is a sovereign state and we have a legislature," he states. "[In contrast], the NCAA is a small, tiny little rule-making body that happens to govern the playing rules for a few collegiate sports. They do not make laws – and in this case, to listen to an organization like an NCAA is an abdication of the lawmakers' responsibility in any state …."

Some of the state legislators in West Virginia who pushed for and approved the Save Girls Sports bill are former athletes; and others who support the legislation argue that transgender females would have physical advantages in women's sports.

"[But] many of the opponents of this bill want to scream that it discriminates against a handful of individuals," notes Whitt. "We cannot forget that those who embrace transgenderism, especially male-to-female transgenderism, are embracing male fantasy and ignoring female reality."

Fortunately, says the family advocate, the West Virginia legislative body stepped in and decided to defend female reality, recognizing that women and young girls "need a fair playing field in order to thrive."


ADF attorney: NCAA should have no say

Matt Sharp of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) says states – not the NCAA – decide what is best for their girls and female athletes. His argument comes on the heels of a statement from the NCAA Board of Governors that they "firmly and unequivocally supports the opportunity for transgender student-athletes to compete in college sports."

Sharp tells One News Now: "We would hope the NCAA would – as we've seen in other instances – really be a leader in protecting women's sports rather than statements like this that, in some regards, seem to undermine opportunities for women."

One of the arguments made by ADF is that biological males have an advantage over females.

"We know from both common sense and from science that males are generally bigger, faster, stronger," ADF attorney Christiana Holcomb told One News Now last year. "They have bigger lungs and hearts, and stronger muscles, denser bones, all of which together gives them a physical advantage over their female competitor."

This, says Sharp, is why ADF continues to "stand with the numerous states, legislators, female athletes and others across the country that are standing for true fairness in women's sports."

"We don't think the NCAA should ultimately be dictating state laws," Sharp continues. "That is the job of state legislators who represent the girls and female athletes in their states."

Editor's note: Comments from Alliance Defending Freedom added after story was originally posted.

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