In Carroll County Maryland we are represented by two US House of Representative Congressional Members (District 2 Dutch Ruppersberger and District 3 John Sarbanes). These two members of Congress joined all other Democrats in Congress and voted against H.R.734 – Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2023.
What is H.R.734 – Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2023?
This bill generally prohibits school athletic programs from allowing individuals whose biological sex at birth was male to participate in programs that are for women or girls.
Specifically, the bill provides that it is a violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 for federally funded education programs or activities to operate, sponsor, or facilitate athletic programs or activities that allow individuals of the male sex to participate in programs or activities that are designated for women or girls. (Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs or activities, including in public elementary and secondary schools and in colleges and universities.) Under the bill, sex is based on an individual’s reproductive biology and genetics at birth.
The bill does not prohibit male individuals from training or practicing with programs or activities for women or girls as long as such training or practice does not deprive any female of corresponding opportunities or benefits.
Here are some recent social media post on this topic from Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger and Congressman John Sarbanes:
Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (MD02) statement on HR 734 (Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2023): https://www.congress.gov/bill/118th-congress/house-bill/734
For decades, schools and sports associations have allowed athletes to play sports consistent with their gender identity with no issues. I will stand with leading gender justice and women’s sports orgs in supporting inclusion. I will vote NO on H.R. 734. #LetKidsPlay
— Dutch Ruppersberger (@Call_Me_Dutch) April 20, 2023
Congressman John Sarbanes (MD03) made this statement yesterday on the topic of HR 734:
As the House begins consideration of a ban on trans and intersex athletic participation, I'm proud to stand with the @EqualityCaucus & @DemWomenCaucus in opposing this bill, which attacks trans and other LGBTQ+ youth and fails to address real sports equity issues.
— Rep. John Sarbanes (@RepSarbanes) April 19, 2023
Other recent statements and information on this topic:
SPEAKING UP: Professional skateboarder @tmsilverman says fairness in sports was robbed from her when a biological male invaded her category at a competition and took the top spot. pic.twitter.com/O7t5KQptma
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 20, 2023
Earlier this month, the world watched in horror as leftwing rioters attacked @Riley_Gaines_ and held her kidnapped against her will for defending girls’ sports.
Today, the House voted to stand with Riley and all the young women who deserve the full protection of Title IX. pic.twitter.com/jSc22A7696
— Rep. Mary Miller (@RepMaryMiller) April 20, 2023
#elonmusk #yourpage #childprotection #politics #nonbinary #lgbt #law #parents #family #trump #benshapiro #peirsmorgan #mattwalsh #transgender #trans #trending #education #candiceowen #trump #scools #woke #lbgtq #tiktok #jeffreymarsh #dylanmulvaney #culture #jewish #muslim #michaelknowles #yourpage #fyp #viral #trending #senate #sports
BREAKING: GOP House of Representatives passed ban on transgender girls from participating in womens sports in school.
219-203, along party lines.
A near unanimous message from the GOP. (And from Dems in response.)
But bill is DOA in Senate and POTUS has said he would veto. https://t.co/7kjZCSM7ib
— Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDNews) April 20, 2023
Riley Gaines (Swimmer from the University of Kentucky) has been a leader in talking about this issue. Here is information from her yesterday about what is happening in North Carolina:
“NC House passed the bill and it will go to Senate floor tomorrow. There were three democrats who voted with the GOP in favor of the bill👏🏼 It’s sad it takes a girl being permanently injured by a male to highlight why we need sex protected sports.”
Watch the clip of Payton McNabb getting spiked in the face by a male competing with the women. Then watch her testimony she gave today for the first time publicly. I was honored to stand alongside her in NC to continue the fight to protect women's sports. pic.twitter.com/mvJmwprkaX
— Riley Gaines (@Riley_Gaines_) April 20, 2023
Opinion from The Observer:
As a father of a daughter and a grandfather to multiple granddaughters this remains mind boggling to me that there is a fight on if we should protect female sports…and…female “safe spaces” like dressing rooms and bathrooms. Many others can express it much better than I can…and this testimony might say it best as to why this is such an important issue:
Why does Claire have to fight for the right to safety, dignity and privacy of her peers? The world is watching. Pleasant Valley doesn’t protect girls ! #pleasantvalleydoesntprotectsgirls #protectwomenandgirls #protectwomenandchildren #femaleerasure #fyp #womensayno #parentalrights #saveoursinglesexspaces #pleasantvalley #revfoxxusa #revfoxx
I am also still shocked that Democrats have chosen this battle AGAINST women. This seems like a REALLY bad political move for future elections.
The Observer will continue to share information on this topic (Protection of Women and Girls in Sports) in future posts.