This past Tuesday, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives concluded a vote in favor of the banning of biological males from competing in women’s sports, but the Governor of the state, who is a Democrat, has claimed that the bill is outright “transphobic,” and already issued a threat that if the bill passes through, “It won’t pass my desk.
House Bill 972, more commonly known as the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, pushed its way through the House with a vote of 115-84 and is now headed for the state Senate, where SB 1191, which is very similar in its focus, is now being considered.
KN 972 reads:
Providing for sports activities in public institutions of higher education and public school entities to be expressly designated male, female or coed; and creating causes of action for harms suffered by designation. … Athletic teams for sports designated for females, women or girls under subsection (a) (2) may not be open to students of the male sex. …
A student who is deprived of an athletic opportunity or who suffers a direct or indirect harm as a result of a known violation of section 3 may bring a cause of action for injunctive relief, damages, psychological, emotional and physical harm suffered, attorney fees and costs and any other relief available under the law against the school or institution of higher education. …
A person may not bring a civil action under this section later than two years after the day on which the harm underlying the cause of action occurs.
Tom Wolf, the Democrat Governor previously mentioned, railed against the bill, stating via a tweet, “As states across the country push transphobic legislation, some Republicans in the General Assembly are wasting time attempting the same in Pennsylvania. It won’t get past my desk.”
As states across the country push transphobic legislation, some Republicans in the General Assembly are wasting time attempting the same in Pennsylvania.
It won't get past my desk.
Let's enhance protections for LGBTQ+ Pennsylvanians instead. Send me the bipartisan Fairness Act. pic.twitter.com/Srj8JBsJwn
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) April 12, 2022
“Wolf instead called for the state legislature to pass House Bill 300, known as the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act or Fairness Act, which would amend the state’s 1955 Human Relations Act to include protect residents in the state from being discriminated against based on ‘sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,’” stated a report from Fox News.
Republican state Rep. Barbara Gleim, the chief sponsor of the bill, cited University of Pennsylvanian swimmer Lia Thomas, who is a biological man that has quite recently took a victory in the 500-yard freestyle at the CNAA women’s championships, and stated very matter of factly, “Women lose out on a fair playing field when forced to compete against biological men.”
Wolf commented on Rachel Levine, a biological man who currently serves as the United States assistant secretary for Health and Human Services, “Dr. Levine is a distinguished and accomplished public servant. She is committed to keeping Pennsylvanians safe and healthy, even those who direct hate-fueled attacks at her. I’m proud of the work she has done in her five years serving Pennsylvanians, and her success at leading our commonwealth during the COVID-19 crisis is a testament to her intelligence and work ethic.”