In a win for common sense, Kentucky’s House of Representatives recently passed a bill to ban biological males from competing in women’s sports. This is a popular move. Parents do not want their daughters competing against individuals who could have went through puberty without hormone blockers. Biological men, in most cases, have a greater aptitude for physical activities than women. To invite biological men to the realm of women’s sports is to do away with the division entirely. That’s not hateful. We do not hate these biological male athletes — we wish them the best. But we do not think they should compete with biological women. It is not fair to the biological women and it is not fair to these transgender athletes. We need to save women’s sports — and a recent bill, as we shall see, offers to do just that.
The debate over transgender athletes got heated this week when swimmer Lia Thomas, a transgender athlete, won first in the 500-yard freestyle championship. The swimmer did noticeably worse in the 200-yard free-style championship on Friday. Still, many feel Thomas has a competitive advantage. And it is easy to see why. Thomas has an imposing presence and the advantage Thomas gained from birth is apparent. Biological women athletes will have to do exceptionally well to beat Thomas.
That is much of the context for the new Kentucky Bill. The Bill, SB83, is titled the “Save Women’s Sports” act — modeled after legislation offered in numerous other GOP lead states. The bill was passed 70-23 on largely party lines. The bill states the following:
“[The bill will require] schools that participate in interscholastic athletics to designate all athletic teams, activities, and sports based upon the biological sex of the students eligible to participate; prohibit male students from participating in athletic teams, activities, and sports designated as “girls”; prohibit designated agencies from entertaining complaints or investigations of policies”
We applaud this bill and bills of like quality. They preserve the integrity of the culture and our most treasured institutions. Sports brings us together — it is not intended to be a source of division. We hope and pray sports returns to the state of high renown it has enjoyed for so many years.