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February 7 2020

Coalition Letter: Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2020

Concerned Women for America LAC
featuring Carrie L. Lukas

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Dear Representative:

As organizations representing hundreds of thousands of women across America, we write to endorse H.R 5702, the “Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2020.” This bill amends Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to clarify,

“It shall be a violation…for a recipient of Federal funds who operates, sponsors, or facilitates athletic programs or activities to permit a person whose sex is male to participate in an athletic program or activity that is designated for women or girls.”

It is unfortunate that this bill is even necessary, but what is happening in female athletics today makes it essential. Although no basis exists in federal law, middle and high schools, colleges, and the NCAA are twisting the intent of Title IX, the federal law which prohibits discrimination in educational programs on the basis of sex, by allowing men who claim to “identify as women” to compete on women’s teams and against female athletes.

Title IX’s purpose and benefit are negated for women whenever the playing field is accessible to male athletes claiming status as women. Title IX’s prohibition of sex discrimination is based on sex – male and female. It does not define sex based on “gender identity.” It does not sanction males, with distinct physiological advantages regardless of treatment, to compete in female sports.

Policies allowing for inclusion in sex-specific sports on the basis of “gender identity” have no substantiation in biological fact or valid medical research to defend males competing in female athletics. Studies attest to the reality that puberty, testosterone, and innate biological differences give physical advantages to males that cannot be mitigated and, therefore, disqualify female athletes from fair competition when males compete in women’s sports. To deny these facts is to deny science.

The Karolinska Institutet of Sweden concluded that “muscle strength, size and composition following 12-months of gender-affirming treatment in transgender individuals retained advantage” for males identifying as women. Exercise physiology expert, Dr. Gregory A. Brown of the University of Nebraska published an exhaustive review of existing research, concluding that “men and adolescent boys perform better in almost all sports than women and adolescent girls because of their inherent physiological advantages that develop during male puberty.” 2

We applaud Rep. Greg Steube (R-Florida) for introducing H.R. 5702. Protecting fairness and equality for women and girls in sports should not be a partisan issue. It should be an issue that unites all members to stand for women’s rights and the intent and purpose of Title IX. We ask you to cosponsor this legislation and urge its swift passage.

Sincerely,

 

Penny Young Nance

CEO and President

Concerned Women for America LAC

 

Natasha Chart

Chair

Women’s Liberation Front

 

Carrie Lukas

President

Independent Women's Forum

 

Kaeley Triller Harms

Co-founder

Hands Across the Aisle Women in Coalition

 

Beth Stelzer

Founder

Save Women’s Sports

 

Kara Dansky

Chair – DMV chapter

Women’s Liberation Front

 

Jessica Anderson

Vice President

Heritage Action for America

 

Jennifer Bryson

Founder

Let All Play

 

Inga Thompson

3-time Olympian

Founder of the Inga Thompson Foundation

 

Jade Dickens

Co-Founder

XX Fair Play Rights

 

Kristopher Hunt, MD FACEP

Medical Director

USA Powerlifting

 

Marlo Tucker

State Director

Concerned Women for America of California

 

Ruth Smith

Area Director

Concerned Women for America of California

 

Terri Johannessen

State Director

Concerned Women for America of Florida

 

Tanya Ditty

State Director

Concerned Women for America of Georgia

 

Barbara Ferraro

State Director

Concerned Women for America of Hawaii

 

Deborah Leininger

State Director

Concerned Women for America of Illinois

 

Barbara Saldivar

State Director

Concerned Women for America of Kansas

 

Penny Morrell

State Director

Concerned Women for America of Maine

 

Bev Ehlen

State Director

Concerned Women for America of Missouri

 

Haven Howard

Area Director

Concerned Women for America of Missouri

 

Jill Siceloff Coward

State Director

Concerned Women for America of North Carolina

 

Mary Francis Forrester

Associate Director

Concerned Women for America of North Carolina

 

Linda Thorson

State Director

Concerned Women for America of North Dakota

 

Dilonna Coran

State Director

Concerned Women for America of Pennsylvania

 

Linda Schauer

State Director

Concerned Women for America of South Dakota

 

Ann Hettinger

State Director

Concerned Women for America of Texas

 

Kori Peterson

Area Director

Concerned Women for America of Texas

 

Beverly Roberts

Area Director

Concerned Women for America of Texas

 

Toni DeLancey

State Director

Concerned Women for America of Virginia

 

Janet Robey

Associate State Director

Concerned Women for America of Virginia

 

Maureen Richardson

State Director

Concerned Women for America of Washington


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