We Need to Protect Girls’ Sports

The Fairness in Women’s Sports legislation has passed the House—but it has a long ways to go before it makes it to Gov. Brad Little’s desk for his signature.

This legislation, sponsored by Rep. Barbara Ehardt (R-Idaho Falls) and Sen. Mary Souza (R-Coeur d’Alene), would end the Idaho policy allowing biological boys to play in girls’ sports after receiving cross-sex hormones for one year.

The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act recognizes the common-sense truth that boys should not play on girls’ teams. Our girls should not be deprived of athletic opportunities, victories, and scholarships because they were forced to compete against men.

Ask any student athlete, high school coach, or parent—allowing biological men to perform in girls’ sports unfairly puts biological girls at a competitive disadvantage. The size, strength, bone structure, lung volume, and heart supply of the average male far outpaces even the most elite female athletes, even after the biological male undergoes hormone therapy.

This legislation doesn’t exclude anyone from sports. Instead, it simply requires that boys compete with boys and girls compete with girls—and that’s something we all should agree on.

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