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Remarks from Iowa State Sen. Jesse Green on the bill to Protect Women’s Sports:

I’m speaking today to stand in strong support of HF 2416 and the stance Iowans are taking to protect the integrity of sport across our great state.

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Most of us have seen the headlines regarding Ivy League swimmer Lia Thomas.

In her first three years competing on the men’s team as Will Thomas, he ranked as the #462 male in the NCAA.

Now, as a senior on the women’s team, she sits at #1 in the NCAA, just breaking a few Ivy League records at their championships at Harvard last month.

Proponents will argue that Lia has a genetic advantage similar to other dominant athletes like Michael Phelps or Shaquille O’Neill.

To say that she’s breaking records merely because she was born male is the product of a sexist, transphobic, and homophobic society.

Mr. President most Iowans see what’s happening there.

While liberal elites in the Ivy League defend a biological man breaking their swim records, we in Iowa are protecting women, the integrity of competition, and ensuring fairness across the board for all of our athletes.

Today, by passing this measure, we send a message to the nation that Iowans will not put common sense aside for wokeness.

In the midst of an ongoing culture war, Iowans are taking bold steps to preserve the integrity and purity of athletic competition for generations to come.

This is truly a historic day.  I stand in support of this measure and encourage all Iowans to stand with us.

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