House Republicans are attempting to bring to the House floor a bill that makes it illegal for biological males to participate in sports designated for females.
The bill would make it illegal “for a recipient of Federal funds who operates, sponsors, or facilitates athletic programs or activities to permit a person whose sex is male to participate in an athletic program or activity that is designated for women or girl.”
It would further recognize that, for Title IX, “sex shall be recognized based solely on a person’s reproductive biology and genetics at birth.”
The lawmakers would need 218 signatures to bring it to the House floor for a vote. As of April 28, 106 signatories stand behind the bill.
“House Republicans must respond by strengthening protections for female athletes and by forcing Democrats to publicly state whether they support women’s right to compete on a level playing field,” he added.
The bill received support from women’s rights organizations and conservative groups such as Advancing American Freedom, American Principles Project, CatholicVote, the Eagle Forum, and Family Research Council.
“This radical agenda to obliterate the enduring differences between the sexes is draconian and erases women’s inherent dignity and status under the law,” said Penny Nance, CEO and president of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, a Christian advocacy group.
The letter added, "the sweeping changes to Title IX that you are reportedly set to announce would erode the very rights that protect all students—regardless of sex— and ensure a safe and equitable learning environment."
Conservative groups have highlighted the significance of this issue going into the midterms later this year.
“Make no mistake: defending women’s sports is fast becoming a litmus test issue for Republicans, and voters will be paying attention to where their representatives stand,” said Terry Schilling, president of American Principles Project, in an April 26 statement.