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Zero House Democrats voted for a bill to protect female sports
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Zero House Democrats voted for a bill to protect female sports

A measure to protect female sports passed the House Thursday strictly along partly lines, with 219 Republicans supporting the bill and 203 Democrats voting against it.

The Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2023 would make it a Title IX violation to allow biological males to compete in female sports.

The text of the measure indicates that it would be a violation "for a recipient of Federal financial assistance who operates, sponsors, or facilitates athletic programs or activities to permit a person whose sex is male to participate in an athletic program or activity that is designated for women or girls." The measure also stipulates that "sex shall be recognized based solely on a person’s reproductive biology and genetics at birth."

The commonsense measure essentially has no chance of becoming law because the Biden administration has previously said that if it reaches the president's desk he will veto it.

"As a national ban that does not account for competitiveness or grade level, H.R. 734 targets people for who they are and therefore is discriminatory. Politicians should not dictate a one-size-fits-all requirement that forces coaches to remove kids from their teams," a statement of administration policy declared. "Instead of addressing the pressing issues that families and students face today—such as raising teacher pay, keeping guns out of schools, addressing the mental health crisis our youth face, and helping students learn and recover academically from unprecedented disruptions—Congressional Republicans have instead chosen to prioritize policies that discriminate against children."

The measure would need to clear the Senate in order to even reach Biden's desk.

The vote starkly illustrates the deep societal divide over the question of whether or not males who identify as women or girls should be allowed to compete in sports designated for females. The debate is ongoing worldwide and across various sports.

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