Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has introduced a bill banning Trans Athletes from playing in Women’s Sports.
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced on Monday proposed legislation that would ban transgender athletes from playing on women’s school sports teams in Arkansas.
“Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room or school sports,” the order says.
Rutledge said at a news conference Monday that the order hurts female athletes. The drafted legislation, known as the Gender Integrity Reinforcement Legislation For Sports Act, or GIRLS Act, would make it illegal for student-athletes who are identified as male on their birth certificate to play on women’s teams.
“I want to send a strong message to President Biden and his administration that here in Arkansas, we intend to require schools to prohibit biological boys who self-identify as girls onto girls’ sports teams,” she said.
A draft of the proposed bill cites chromosomal, hormonal and physiological differences between male and female sexes. If passed, the bill would apply to K-12 schools in Arkansas. It would allow the attorney general to sue any school that violates the bill and ban them from receiving funds from a public source for one year.
“It will create equal and fair competition by limiting girls’ and women’s sports to girls and women, as evidenced by an original birth certificate,” Rutledge said Monday. “We don’t want common sense to be shadowed by so-called political correctness.”
Two State Politicians will sponsor the bill.
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