WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - A Republican senator is introducing legislation that would deny federal funds to schools that allow biologically male athletes to compete as females.
Georgia senator Kelly Loeffler announced last week The Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act, legislation designed to restore protections for female athletes guaranteed by federal civil rights legislation known as Title IX.
In her press release, Loeffler explained the need for the new law.
"Title IX established a fair and equal chance for women and girls to compete, and sports should be no exception," said Sen. Loeffler.
As someone who said she learned invaluable life lessons and built confidence playing sports, she added: "I'm proud to lead this legislation to ensure girls of all ages can enjoy those same opportunities. This common-sense bill protects women and girls by safeguarding fairness and leveling the athletic field that Title IX guarantees."
Joining Loeffler in support of the bill are Mike Lee, R-Utah, Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., James Lankford, R-Okla., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark.
Senator Tom Cotton, who many consider an effective spokesperson for conservative causes, mentioned the importance of keeping female athletes safe.
"There's nothing fair, honest or safe about allowing men to compete in sports leagues designed solely for women," Cotton said. "This bill will preserve the sports leagues and teams that allow women and girls to excel as athletes. And it will defend the common-sense principle that women's sports are for women. It's tragic but unsurprising that such a defense is necessary."
A number of conservative groups in favor of Loeffler's legislation have piled on. American Principles Project, the Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America, the Heritage Foundation and Heritage Action for America have all voiced their support.
Terry Schilling, Executive Director of American Principles Project, cheered the legislative remedy, saying:
Women's sports are under severe threat in 2020. Despite the radical Left's attempts at gaslighting, this is indisputable.
While President Trump and his administration have taken important steps to defend women's sports, female athletes have also been searching for a leader in Congress to stand up for them. Today, Sen. Kelly Loeffler has courageously stepped forward to be that leader.
The problem of gender-confused males migrating to female leagues and teams was brought to the fore in Connecticut. In February, Chelsea Mitchell and three other female athletes sued the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) over its policy allowing biological males to compete as females.
In May, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR), ruled that Connecticut's policy of recognizing transgender males as girls was a violation of Title IX. It gave the state notice of enforcement.
In the 45-page letter of impending enforcement, the OCR explained the decision:
OCR determined that the CIAC, by permitting the participation of certain male student-athletes in girls' interscholastic track in the state of Connecticut, pursuant to the Revised Transgender Participation Policy, denied female student-athletes athletic benefits and opportunities, including advancing to the finals in events, higher level competitions, awards, medals, recognition and the possibility of greater visibility to colleges and other benefits.
Refusing the argument, Connecticut's Attorney General William Tong asserts that the OCR is wrong.
"The [the letter of enforcement's] claims are simply wrong. Title IX does not bar transgender high school girls from competing in girls' track events. Under Connecticut law and federal law, transgender girls are girls," Tong wrote.