February 17, 2023

Texas Gov. Abbott Protects Women's Rights in Sports

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By Ophelia Garrett

In Brief: 

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is taking steps to ensure sports will continue to be played fairly in his state. Abbott has promised a bill next session banning biological males from competing as females at the college level.

The Background: 

Following the great debates across the nation on the equality of allowing a biological male from competing in female sports, Gov. Abbott (R-TX) is taking steps to protect the females in his state, from kindergarten through college.

The governor stated, “This next session, we will pass a law prohibiting biological men to compete against women in college sports.”

Under his leadership, the state imposed a similar ban in 2021 on transgender competitors in public schools from kindergarten through high school.

During his remarks, Abbott referenced “Lia” Thomas, who as a biological male was failing miserably competing as a male but now has been allowed to compete in Harvard Swim meets as a female. Thomas dominated those around him, breaking records and taking titles away from his very hard-working biological female teammates.

Notable Quotes: 

“We’ve fought for the rights of women to be able to succeed in this world only to have that now superseded by this ideology that men are going to be empowered to compete against women.” – Gov Greg Abbott (R-TX)



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