Democrats are expressing horror over a new Indiana bill that supporters say is need to protect female athletes.
Fox News reported on Saturday that legislation known as House Bill 1041 has been put forward by Republican state Rep. Michelle Davis of Whiteland.
“This legislation is the result of listening to the concerns of female student-athletes and parents in my district and across the state,” Davis was quoted as telling Indianapolis’ FOX 59.
Bill would limit participation in girls’ scholastic sports to biologically female athletes
The Republican lawmaker went on to insist that the “purpose of this bill is to protect fair competition in girls’ sports.”
Under the terms set forth by Davis’ bill, competition in girls’ scholastic sports would be limited to those athletes who are biologically female, something the representative says is necessary given the physical advantage possessed by males.
Matt Sharp serves as senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative legal advocacy group, and he expressed agreement with Davis’ position.
“What science shows us is that there are differences between males and females,” Sharp explained, adding, “Those differences range from faster hitting speeds and running speeds.”
“What we support is making sure that women’s sports are reserved for females, while still allowing every student the opportunity to play on men’s teams or coed teams,” he went on to add.
Study shows that transgender athletes have a clear advantage physical advantage
Last yeah, NBC News cited a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine which found that transgender Olympic athletes continue to possess a substantial advantages over biologically female athletes even even after a year on hormone therapy.
“At one year, the trans women on average still have an advantage over the cis women,” said Dr. Timothy Roberts, who was the study’s lead author.
However, not everyone is convinced that Davis’ bill is justified. Kit Malone is an advocacy strategist for the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, and she told FOX 59 that the proposed law is discriminatory.
“To categorically ban trans people essentially from participating in school sports according to their gender is unconstitutional on its face,” Malone asserted.