HARRISBURG – In order to maintain a competitive balance between men’s and women’s sports, Rep. Joshua D. Kail (R-Beaver/Washington) joined the majority of his House colleagues by voting in support of House Bill 972
, the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, which passed the full House.
Kail released the following statement:
“Title IX was designed specifically to create a level playing field. Right now, the integrity of women’s sports is jeopardized because biological males, who transition to female, are allowed to compete in women’s sports. From physiological to hormonal differences, males hold a significant athletic advantage over women.
“Lia Thomas, a biological male who shattered women’s swimming records at the University of Pennsylvania, competed on the university’s men’s team for three years before eventually transitioning to a female. Most recently, Thomas won a Division I national championship in the 500-yard freestyle, squandering the hopes and dreams of biological women who looked to reach the pinnacle of the sport.
“Athletes who aspire to compete at the highest level could be overlooked for scholarships, as well as life-changing opportunities and results, simply because of this imbalance. While a student can file legal challenges for damages over lack of athletic opportunities among other reasons, it should never come down to that.
“I am pleased to see my colleagues join me in saying enough is enough and support protection of women’s sports. I commend the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Barbara Gleim of Cumberland County, for bringing this important legislation forward.”
Representative Joshua Kail
15th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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