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House passes bill to ban transgender participation in women's sports

Transgender participation in women's sports has been hotly debated. H.R. 734 is no exception, as it passed in a party-line vote.
House passes bill to ban transgender participation in women's sports
Posted at 11:37 AM, Apr 20, 2023

The House of Representatives approved a bill Thursday that would prohibit transgender women and girls from participating in school sports that are for women or girls. 

Schools that receive government Title IX funds would be subject to the prohibition. That includes universities participating in the NCAA, which until last year had broad allowances for transgender participation. Last year, the NCAA changed its policy as it now stipulates that transgender women must be tested for testosterone levels. The amount of testosterone allowed now varies based on the sport. 

H.R. 734, the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2023, passed by a 219–203 margin, with Republicans voting in favor and Democrats voting in opposition. 

The bill's passage will likely stall in the Senate.

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The Biden administration has also attempted to fight off legislation. Biden's Department of Education issued a rule making it a Title IX violation if schools implement categorical bans of transgender students from participating on sports teams consistent with their gender identity.

Title IX is the landmark 1972 law that sought to end gender discrimination in schools. One of its biggest impacts was the increase of women and girls athletics in colleges and high schools. 

Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., protested Biden's proposed rule change. He was the sponsor behind H.R. 734.

"During the entire history of mankind, you were either male or female until the last few years. In worship to the trans movement, the Biden administration has moved at warp speed to infiltrate every aspect of the federal government with trans speak," Steube said. "Congress, in 1972, created Title IX to protect women's sports. To enable women to have an equal playing field in athletics. And in worship to their trans idols, the administration wants to flip that on its head. It's insane. Title IX was created for women's sports and now the left wants to kill it."

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