Medaled swimmer and activist Riley Gaines didn’t hesitate in the least to call out the hypocritical stances of Democrats as the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act passed in the House of Representatives without a single vote from them.
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On Sunday, Gaines clapped back at criticism from Rep. Glenn Ivey (D-Md.) after he tweeted Thursday that the bill’s passing would “mean the forced inspection of student-athletes, which is an egregious violation of a student’s personal dignity.”
“Checking birth certificate and/or ensuring everyone has a routine physical before competing = egregious violation of personal dignity,” Gaines tweeted. “Forcing girls to undress in front of an intact and exposed male = NOT an egregious violation of personal dignity, but rather kind and inclusive.”
“This should be bipartisan, yet not (sic) democrats in the House voted in favor of HR 734. I’ll stand with anyone, regardless of party affiliation, who vows to protect girls and women in sports,” she vowed.
The act passed 219-203 along party lines on Thursday morning, according to Fox News. Predictably, all the “yes” votes were Republican. All the “no” votes were Democrat.
This should be bipartisan, yet not democrats in the House voted in favor of HR 734. I'll stand with anyone, regardless of party affiliation, who vows to protect girls and women in sports.
— Riley Gaines (@Riley_Gaines_) April 23, 2023
According to Republicans, the bill is intended to keep biological males from competing in women’s and girls’ sports. Critics contend they have an inherent physiological advantage and are pushing women out of competition, even preventing some from making a given team, and they also have the potential to physically hurt female athletes, not to mention the act of exposing themselves to women and girls in locker rooms.
A number of Democrats argued that the bill is in reality just an extension of bullying that transgender students are subjected to at school.
Republicans asserted during the debate that Democrats are being totally illogical over the issue and that their stance goes directly against the intent of Title IX, which dramatically expanded participation in women’s sports.
“Congress in 1972 created Title IX to protect women’s sports to enable women to have an equal playing field in athletics,” Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.), who sponsored the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act, stated according to Fox News. “In worship to their trans idols, the administration wants to flip that on its head. It is insane.”
BREAKING: The U.S. House just passed my legislation to Save Women’s Sports!
Whether it's on the field, court, track, or in the pool: House Republicans have shown today that we stand on the side of equality and fairness for female athletes.https://t.co/BCPaoci65a pic.twitter.com/u2uYgzr2QU
— Congressman Greg Steube (@RepGregSteube) April 20, 2023
Steube’s bill mandates that educational institutions that are the recipients of Title IX funding from the federal government would not be allowed to “permit a person whose sex is male to participate in an athletic program or activity that is designed for women or girls.” The bill also asserts that the sex of an athlete is defined only by their “reproductive biology and genetics at birth.”
The bill will now head to the Senate where it is likely to be quashed by Democrat leaders. Even if it weren’t, President Biden has promised he would veto the bill if it lands on his desk.
Gaines has become the loudest, most influential voice out there to save women’s sports and take a stand against the transgender competition in them.
She recently spoke with former Michigan gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon on the subject, “There are many feminists who thought, ‘Let’s be kind. Let’s be inclusive, you know. We want to include these people.’ Now, two years in, we see how this is harmful but it’s got to the point to where now, not only are these trans rights activists, they’re not fighting for equal rights.”
Women are losing scholarships, awards, and our identities to the trans cult. Even biological men like Dylan Mulvaney now want to tell us how to use a tampon… how exactly does that even work?! @Riley_Gaines_ joins me to discuss! pic.twitter.com/pwnZPcbyXk
— Tudor Dixon (@TudorDixon) April 19, 2023
“They don’t want equal rights. That’s not what they want. They want to take away our rights, and be superior and have more rights,” Gaines claimed.
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