Pennsylvania House Voted to Ban Transgender Women from Sports

The Pennsylvania House Committee passed a bill that would ban transgender girls and women from playing on female sports teams.

According to House Bill 972, or The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, mainly educational institutions must strongly divide sports teams into male, female, or mixed. Team members of the one sex are not accepted in the groups where members are of the other sex if a type of sports implies it.

These restrictions are explained by a specific definition of “sex” mentioned in the act: “the biological distinction between male and female based on reproductive biology and genetic make-up.”

Although a vote of 115 to 84 supported the legislation, it remains locally controversial. The state Republican Barb Gleim, one of the bill’s authors, shared that the act is dedicated to “protect opportunities for women and girls in athletics by ensuring women are not forced to compete against biological males playing on women’s sports teams.”

Another Republican politician, Malcolm Kenyatta, disagreed with his party’s resolution. “For a party that always brags about being so pro-life, they are awfully eager to support a bill that will likely lead to more death for trans kids,” said Kenyatta referring to several local suicide cases of transgender children.

The bill was delivered to the Pennsylvania Senate.

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Article by Yevheniia Savchenko

Yevheniia Savchenko is a Legal Writer at Lawrina. Yevheniia browses through the most interesting and relevant news in the legal and legaltech world and collects them on Lawrina’s blog. Also, Yevheniia composes various how-to guides on legaltech, plus writes product articles and release notes for Loio, AI-powered contract review and drafting software.

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