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Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) penned this op-ed in National Review on the importance of protecting athletic opportunities for women and girls. Kennedy’s op-ed, which argues that it is unfair and unsafe to allow biological men to compete against biological women, initially ran in Louisiana’s Gannett-owned USA Today Network papers.

USA Today, however, removed the piece a few days after publication without notifying Kennedy’s team or its readers. USA Today later said that it had pulled the piece due to its “loaded language,” as reported by Fox News. USA Today said Kennedy could not use the phrase “biological male” in his op-ed about the physical differences between men and women.

Key excerpts of the op-ed, now published in National Review, are below:

“Many fair-minded people reject the idea that women and girls who work hard to develop their athletic talents must sacrifice their opportunities, privacy and safety to promote gender activism. I’m one of them.

“Louisiana is full of fair-minded people. We recognize that it’s common sense for boys and girls to compete in separate leagues. That’s why a bipartisan coalition in the Louisiana legislature passed the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act to prevent biological boys from competing against biological girls in our elementary and high schools and from sharing their locker rooms.

“Protecting women and girls in sports doesn’t need to be a partisan issue. Congress should follow Louisiana’s leadership and do more to protect girls, their sports, their scholarships, and their futures from a social experiment that is already proving to be unwise.” 

Author: Press Release


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