Comment Period for Biden Rule Attacking Women’s Sports Ends Today, Texas Bill to Protect College Women Still Needs Vote

Austin, TX – May 15, 2023: Today is the deadline for public comment on the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed rule that would redefine Title IX to allow for men to compete in women’s sports. Currently, the Texas Legislature has a bill, SB 15, that would ensure men do not compete in women’s sports. The Biden Administration has made an attempt to redefine “sex” in Title IX to include gender identity which would undermine women’s rights that were previously protected by the law passed in 1972. When confronted with the issue of the redefinition of sex leading to men competing in women’s sports, the U.S. Department of Education crafted a two-part test with the burden on the female athlete to prove why a male student should not steal her chance of victory in athletics. The two-part test heavily favors men who want to compete in women’s sports by forcing the female to prove that harm will be minimized to “students whose opportunity to participate on a male or female team consistent with their gender identity would be limited or denied”.

Texas Senator Mayes Middleton and Texas Representative Valoree Swanson have been working on legislation that would ensure men do not compete in college women’s sports. The bill that would address protecting college women’s sports is SB 15 and currently needs a vote in the Texas House of Representatives.

Mary Elizabeth Castle, Director of Government Relations for Texas Values said:

“The new rule the Biden Administration is proposing on women’s sports is illogical and goes against the very purpose of Title IX. Not only will the new rule force women and girls to surrender their trophies and opportunities to men but it will punish them by forcing them to prove that they should have a chance to succeed in sports and education. This is why Texas must pass SB 15 so that our laws in Texas will supersede this unauthorized agency rule that will destroy women’s sports.”

Members of the public have an opportunity to submit comments to the Department of Education and voice their opposition to the rule change. The deadline is today, May 15. The department is required to read every comment. NCAA swimmer and Independent Women’s Network spokesperson has spoken out against men competing in women’s sports after having to swim and compete against male swimmer Lia Thomas from Austin, Texas, who dominated NCAA swimming after competing in the women’s division.

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