Senator Kelly Loeffler recently introduced a bill that would ban trans girls from competing in school sports with their gender. She also threatened to cut federal funding to schools that support trans students.
The ‘Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act’ was introduced by Loefller in the Senate, and she said that the act protects cis women and girls, presumable from trans women.
Proud to lead this effort in defense of women & girls.
Title IX established a fair chance for girls of all ages to compete—Sports should be no exception.@SenMikeLee @MarshaBlackburn @SenatorLankford @SenTomCotton & I are ensuring a level playing field. https://t.co/stG06XTW52
— Senator Kelly Loeffler (@SenatorLoeffler) September 22, 2020
The bill states that schools and events that allow trans girls and women to compete with their gender in school sports violates Title IX’s ban on discrimination in schools, which is a theory Trump’s administration already uses to threaten funding for school districts.
The bill says nothing about trans boys that compete in boys’ and men’s sports, but it claims that gender shall be recognized based solely on a person’s reproductive biology and genetics at birth in girls’ and women’s sports.
Similar legislation that passed in Idaho earlier this year was heavily criticized due to the fact that it allowed anyone to challenge a student’s gender, which would force girls and women to undergo ‘genital exams’ and DNA tests.
Loeffler was appointed to the Senate in January, taking the place of former Senator Johnny Isakson that retired for health reasons.
Her bill is co-sponsored in the Senate by Marsha Blackburn, James Lankford, Mike Lee, and Tom Cotton, and it remains unclear what chance it has of passing.