Arkansas has joined more than 20 other states in considering legislation to ban biological males who consider themselves transgender women from competing in women’s sports there.
The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act advanced out of committee along party lines and will now be considered by the state legislature.
“It preserves the fairness in women’s sports by making sure that girls have the ability to compete on a level playing field,” said bill sponsor Missy Irvin.
Opponents of the bill say it is anti-transgender and could cause mental health issues for transgender students by separating them from their peers.
But some are worried that girls and women could be hurt in a much more tangible way by being forced to compete against bigger, stronger athletes. “We should not idly wait by for a female in Arkansas to be seriously injured to do something,” co-founder of Save Women’s Sports Beth Stelzer said.
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