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SAVE Calls on Biden Administration to Renounce Plan to Redefine ‘Sex’

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SAVE Calls on Biden Administration to Renounce Plan to Redefine ‘Sex,’ End Threat to Women’s Sports

WASHINGTON / June 22, 2022 – President Joe Biden issued an Executive Order on January 20, 2021 about Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation (1). The policy served to endorse and promote the participation of male-at-birth transgenders in women’s sporting events (2). Today, SAVE is calling on the Biden Administration to renounce its harmful gender plan.

The Executive Order instructed federal agencies to implement policies to assure that “All persons should receive equal treatment under the law, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation.” The Order had the effect of redefining sex to include gender identity or sexual orientation, which has had far-reaching effects on women’s sports.

In March, Lia Thomas became the first transgender NCAA champion in Division I history after winning the women’s 500-yard freestyle event (3). More recently, female long-distance runner Madison DeBos revealed her “disheartening and even heartbreaking” feelings upon receiving news of impending races against biological males (4).

The physical advantages of transgender athletes over biological females have been extensively documented (5). This undermines the purpose of Title IX, which is to assure fairness for all students regardless of sex.

This past Sunday, FINA, the international body that governs swimming competitions, moved to ban transgender swimmers from competing against biological women (6). The next day, the International Rugby League announced a similar decision (7). The moves are seen by many as a return to fairness for biological females (8).

A recent SAVE survey found that 71% of Americans oppose the participation of transgenders in women’s sports events (9).

June 23 marks the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the federal Title IX law, which was enacted to ban sex discrimination in schools. SAVE calls on the Biden Administration to renounce its ill-considered and harmful plan to redefine sex, and to affirm its support for traditional women’s sports.