(Washington, D.C., February 5, 2021) – Today, U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, M.D., joined Senator Mike Lee (UT) to introduce the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act, legislation to protect athletic opportunities for female athletes. The legislation comes just days after President Joe Biden issued an Executive Order forcing schools to allow student athletes to compete in sports based on their gender identity instead of their biological gender. Following introduction, Senator Marshall issued this statement:
“As a doctor and a former coach, I find it un-American to allow biological boys to compete against biological girls when it comes to athletics. Growing up, sports taught me that there was a level playing field and that we all had equal opportunity to compete and win,” said Sen. Marshall. “Letting biological boys compete in biological girls’ high school and college sports is not equal, it doesn’t level the playing field, and it’s certainly not fair. I want every person, regardless of sex, to have access to opportunity, but this move by the Biden Administration shows no common sense and will bring about the destruction of women’s sports.”
Additionally, Senator Marshall introduced a budget amendment to address this issue. You may read the amendment HERE. Earlier this week, the Senator questioned Secretary of Education Nominee Miguel Cardona about the issue. Mr. Cardona testified that the Supreme Court has spoken that discrimination against transgender students is illegal. However, the Supreme Court has not ruled on the specific issue of Title IX and sports. Senator Marshall intends to follow up with Mr. Cardona with a question for the record. You may click HERE or on the image below to watch the exchange.