Ohio Bill Protecting Women's Sports Passes First Round Of Approvals

John Simmons | May 15, 2023
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Ohio is in the midst of a legislative battle to prevent transgenders from competing in women’s sports, and it gained plenty of momentum last week.

On Wednesday, the House Higher Education Committee approved the “Save Women’s Sports Act,” a bill sponsored by Rep. Jena Powell that will aim to make sure that only women compete in women’s sports - which, shockingly, has become a radical position to hold these days.

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“The Save Women’s Sports Act is a fairness issue for women to be able to achieve their dreams in athletics in our state, and is crucial to preserving women’s rights, and the integrity of women’s and girls’ sports,” Powell said. “All that girls are asking for is a fair shot, and to be given the chance to play and win by the rules in the sports that they love. That opportunity is being ripped from them by biological males.”

Thirty-one Republicans including Powell voted yes for the bill, while one Republican and all Democrat legislators voted no. 

More than 20 states have passed some form of legislation to protect men from competing in women’s sports. Powell’s bill will now head to the Ohio House of Representatives for the next rounds of approval.

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