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Emmy Griffin / October 28, 2021

Governor Abbott Sticks Up for Women’s Sports

Women deserve to have their competitions judged by their own merits.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott once again is tackling the larger cultural issues with good legislation. This week he signed a bill that bans “transgender” students claiming to be female from participating in female sports. The new law, which encompasses all K-12 sports and will take effect in mid-January, encapsulates the true mission of Title IX and ensures fairness in women’s sports by preventing girls from being “spectators in their own sports” by “leveling the playing field.”

As someone who competed in two high school sports and went on to be a college athlete with a sports scholarship, this hits close to home.

Biologically and physically, men are built different than their female counterparts. Men are stronger and play games from a more aggressive approach. Take soccer, for example. The women’s game is a slower-paced and more cerebral game. Men’s soccer, while still strategic, is much faster, and the physically stronger team typically has a huge advantage. Case in point: The U.S. Women’s National Team, which represents the best women’s athletes in this sport, played a friendly game against a U-15 boys team (15 years of age and younger) and lost.

In Connecticut back in 2019, three young women filed a federal discrimination complaint based on this truth: boys are built stronger than girls. One of these women was considered the fastest girl in Connecticut, but when racing against “transgender” competitors, all colleges scouts saw in her was a second- or third-place runner because two biologically male students beat her. This jeopardized her chances of getting into the sports programs of her choice and receiving scholarships.

The Texas law would also protect women against serious bodily harm from their male competitors. Recall back in 2014 when Fallon Fox, a “transgender” MMA fighter, broke his female opponent’s skull. Tamikka Brents, the female loser, had this to say about the incident: “I have struggled with many women and I have never felt the strength I felt in a fight like that night. I can’t answer whether it’s because she was born a man or not because I’m not a doctor. I can only say that I have never felt so dominated in my life and that I am an abnormally strong woman in my own right. I still disagree with Fox’s struggle. [Try] any other job or career … but when it comes to a combat sport I don’t think it’s fair.”

Women don’t want to be compared to and set up against their male peers in sports. Women deserve to have their competitions judged by their own merits. If forced to have biological males either as teammates or as competition, it takes away from the female sex.

This Texas legislation is one of many concerning the LGBTQ+ agenda. In response to this bill’s passing, LGBTQ+ activist Landon Richie said: “It’s scary to think how it’s going to impact trans kids in Texas for years and years to come. It’s just using the lives of innocent trans kids for political gain.”

You know who’s using the lives of kids for political gain? Joe Biden with his student vaccine push; Terrie McAuliffe, who says parents have no right to control their child’s education; and Kamala Harris, who’s exploiting the lives of illegal immigrant children at the border. All of these positions have much more dire consequences than telling a biological boy who falsely identifies as female he can’t play on a girls’ team. So no — distinguishing that girls’ sports are only for girls who were born girls is not putting targets on trans kids’ backs. It’s upholding the integrity of women’s sports making them safe and fair for female athletes.

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