NCAA Plays Politics with Women’s Safety

Sep 16, 2016


This week, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) joined President Obama’s radical bathroom agenda and announced they are moving championship games out of North Carolina. The reason? The state passed (HB 2) which protects privacy and safety in public facilities so people have a means to defend themselves if local governments try to force charities, non-profits, and other businesses to allow biological men in women’s showers and bathrooms. HB 2 was a response to the Charlotte City Council’s efforts to force women to share bathrooms with men, like Houston’s failed effort.

That these athletic organizations are promoting policies that allow men to use showers, bathrooms, and locker rooms of women and girls is outrageous. This essentially amounts to political campaigning against the re-election of those, such as Governor Pat McCrory, who showed great political courage and moral clarity when he stood against government overreach toward private entities–including against Obama’s Department of Justice currently suing the state. Thirty-two states have laws and policies similar to those in North Carolina because the law is good policy that prioritizes privacy and safety.

This outrageous political move by the NCAA and ACC has not swayed principled leaders in North Carolina, including Gov. McCrory and Lt. Governor Dan Forest, who continue to stand firm for the safety and privacy of their constituents. Lt. Gov. Forest’s statement summarized the hypocrisy and danger of the sporting world elites:

“The NCAA’s action sends a message to every female athlete and female fan attending their events that their privacy and security in a bathroom, shower, or locker room isn’t worth the price of a ticket to a ballgame… For years, we’ve seen the NBA turn a blind eye towards women victims of domestic abuse at the hands of their star players. Why should we be surprised now at the NCAA continuing this pattern of discrimination and degradation of women? The line has now been drawn in the sand, first by Hollywood, now by the NBA and NCAA, either accept their ‘progressive sexual agenda’ or pay the price. North Carolina will not play that game. We value our women too much to put a price tag on their heads.”

TAKE ACTION: Contact North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and thank them for standing firm. It is important to join with our friends in North Carolina in standing for the privacy and safety of women and children

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