Pennsylvania Lawmakers Introduce “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act”

5 Pennsylvania lawmakers are introducing House Bill 972, the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, which would bar transgender girls and women from competing in all-girls high school or collegiate sports teams.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Barb Gleim (R-Cumberland), Rep. Martina White (R-Philadelphia), Rep. Dawn Keefer (R-York), Rep. Valarie Gaydos (R-Allegheny), Rep. Stephanie Borowicz (R-Clinton/Centre).

The Biden administration signed an executive order requiring that transgender school athletes be permitted to compete on teams that align with their gender identity.

“We think this order violates Title IX and would reverse nearly 50 years of advances for women.  There’s never a bad time to protect the opportunity for girls and women who deserve to compete on a level playing field.  Allowing biological males to compete in girls and women sports destroys fair competition and women’s athletic opportunities“, said Rep. Barb Gleim.

Congress passed Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, which bars sex discrimination in education programs and activities offered by entities receiving federal financial assistance. Title IX was designed to stop discrimination and create equal athletic opportunities for women.

Advocates point to a recent Wall Street Journal article.  Olympic track-and-field coach Linda Blade told the author, “The leadership skills, all the benefits society gets from letting girls have their protected category so that competition can be fair, all the advances of women’s rights, that’s going to be diminished.”

They also claim even after a male or female athlete is given hormone blockers, testosterone levels are still elevated, and an unfair advantage persists.

Opponents say House Bill 972 would promote discrimination.

Several other states including Arkansas have passed legislation banning transgender athletes from competing in women’s sports.