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President Biden, stop working to reverse the rights of half of America

February 19, 2021
Op-Eds

President Biden, stop working to reverse the rights of half of America
Washington Examiner
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO)
February 19, 2021
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/president-biden-stop-working-to-reverse-the-rights-of-half-of-america

President Biden ushered in his presidency alongside America’s first female vice president, pledging a message of unity and women’s advancement. Yet, with a simple pen stroke, Biden set women back and effectively crippled the rights and dreams of millions of women and girls.

How? By signing an executive order to allow biological males to compete in female athletics. By siding with the few, Biden is decimating women’s rights — and their futures.

He need not look further than what this policy has already done to girls at the state level, and he should reverse course on this injustice rather than bringing it to the federal level.

Simply put, the policy he champions hurts America’s girls. Female athletes in Connecticut have been forced to face this sad reality for years. Just ask Selina Soule and Alanna Smith. Soule and Smith are two student athletes who, like many, dreamed of achieving success in sports. In 2017, after years of grueling practices and long nights, their goals finally seemed within reach.

Then the finish line was moved in the name of “equity.”

When these women took their spots at the starting line, they were lined up next to two biological males who identify as females. No matter their identity, the facts remain: Their genetics and physical bodies are equipped with athletic abilities unachievable to women. Unsurprisingly, these males defeated Soule and Smith — and their dreams in the process.

This all began when the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference started accepting boys who identify as female in its competitions. The results have predictably been disastrous for the state of female sports.

These male athletes have gone on to claim 15 women’s track championship titles in two years. And they’re not alone. Currently, 16 states allow full transgender participation in high school athletics, while an additional 10 states require medical documentation to participate.

In these female competitions, who won 15 titles? The boys.

Who set 13 individual track meet records? The boys.

Who lost out on their goals and dreams? The girls.

Fast forward to 2021, and our new administration is dead set on taking this injustice to the next level. Biden’s nationwide “inclusion” mandate seeks to damage the very rights his party claims to champion.

This has gone on long enough.

As someone who enjoyed playing in sports in high school and coaching high school track for many years, I am well aware of the damage this executive order places on current and future generations of women. Sadly, this action by Biden will water down our hard-fought rights and protections while effectively denying female athletes fair competition.

When we misconstrue Title IX rules and morph them into an alternate reality, our girls are the ones who end up losing. This is unacceptable.

For our society to grow stronger, we need to build up the traits that make each of us unique, not walk back decades of female victories in order to minimize our differences. America’s girls deserve better than to become victims of political correctness.

Biden said, “I will be a president for all Americans.” If that’s the case, he should stop working to reverse the rights of half of them.

Rep. Vicky Hartzler represents Missouri's 4th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.