Of all the issues to get lost in the details on, Protecting Women’s Sports should not be one of them. Voting in support of this legislation isn’t complicated and it isn’t complex — it’s literally a layup. It is one of the easiest votes a legislator could take.
I come at this from a few different perspectives. First and foremost, though, is that of a father. I have three sons and one daughter. I love them all equally. And while they are equal, they are not the same.
There are biological differences that cannot be ignored no matter how they feel. To use the language of the Left, biological men AREN’T women and biological women CANNOT be men.
This may fly in contrast to how a small, small, small portion of the population feels, but their feelings do not get to override facts.
My wife was an outstanding athlete. She was the volleyball player of the year her senior season in Iowa. She was the first female at her high school to score 1,000 points in girls basketball. She had 32 points and 30 rebounds in one game once.
She deserved to have the opportunity to accomplish everything she accomplished on a fair playing field. And competing against biological boys would not have been fair.
To this day she holds a record or two at the middle school she attended. That record is posted in the gym and she proudly showed the kids when we visited.
That record would not exist if biological boys were also competing in the same event. It simply wouldn’t.
I worked in sports journalism for more than two decades. I won awards from the Iowa Newspaper Association for my work as a sports journalist. I covered hundreds of state tournament games and many national tournaments at the NAIA level.
There is a significant difference between males and females in athletics. Significant.
About 10 years ago I asked the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union if boys are allowed to play volleyball since girls can play football and wrestle.
They said no. The reason why? Safety.
The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union noted safety concerns when males would compete against females.
While that is an obvious concern, so too should be opportunity. For every spot occupied by a biological boy, it is one less spot for an actual girl on the team.
We cannot and should not go along with lies. We should instead champion reality. And the reality is biological boys are boys. And biological girls are girls.
And girls’ sports are for girls.
This shouldn’t be controversial. This shouldn’t be complex. This should be commonsense.
When Iowa Republicans pass this bill, and Gov. Kim Reynolds signs it, it will be a significant victory against the Democrat Party’s War on Women.