Subcommittee on Health Care and Financial Services Chairwoman Lisa McClain (R-Mich.) today opened a subcommittee hearing titled “The Importance of Protecting Female Athletics and Title IX.” Subcommittee Chairwoman McClain opened the hearing by discussing how instead of defending the hard-fought protections that Title IX secured, the Biden Administration has proposed rules that will drastically alter Title IX and put leftist politics before women and girls.
“We are here today because the Biden Administration is choosing to ignore the truth.
“The truth is that allowing biological males to compete in women’s sports is fundamentally unfair.
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Below are Subcommittee Chairwoman McClain’s remarks as prepared for delivery.
Men do not belong in women’s sports. Let me say it one more time. Men do not belong in women’s sports. Period.
The simple fact that this needs to be said out loud is a sad reflection of where the Left is on this issue.
There should be no debate about this.
However, we are here today because the Biden Administration is choosing to ignore the truth.
The truth is that allowing biological males to compete in women’s sports is fundamentally unfair.
It is also unsafe.
Scientific evidence affirms that biological males and females have unchangeable physiological differences attributable to their sex.
Some of these differences benefit males athletically.
For example, males typically have greater muscle mass, lung capacity, and bone density than females.
All these characteristics give males a competitive advantage over females.
This is why women should compete against women and men should compete against men.
This is what Title IX was designed to protect.
By allowing biological males to compete in women’s sports, we are placing our daughters in danger each time they step onto the field.
This is a hearing about protecting women. Period. That’s it.
I am frustrated as I continue to hear about female athletes who are injured by biological males competing in women’s sports.
I am a mother to two daughters. Any parent will tell you that their most sacred responsibility is protecting their children.
That is why today’s hearing is about protecting our daughters, our nieces, our granddaughters.
It is time for us to get off the sideline and stand up for them.
Unfortunately, the Biden Administration has shown that it is putting leftist politics before women and girls.
In a fraudulent effort to be inclusive, the Biden Administration is sacrificing equality.
Instead of defending the hard-fought protections that Title IX secured, the Biden Administration has proposed two rules that will drastically alter Title IX.
The Biden Administration’s proposed rules redefine “sex” to include “gender identity” and expand Title IX protections to biological males.
Protections that were created and implemented for women and girls.
If the Biden Administration is successful, it will mean that more women will lose out on the academic and athletic opportunities that should have been afforded to them under Title IX.
Last year, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Title IX’s enactment.
For the last 50 years, we have seen Title IX’s success in securing equality for women across the country.
We cannot allow this Administration to dismantle the rights and protections that women fought so hard to achieve.
We must protect women and girls, and I encourage my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to stay centered on this issue throughout the hearing.
To our panel, thank you for being here before the Subcommittee today. I am looking forward to having this very important discussion with you all.