October 25, 2021

BREAKING: Texas Governor Abbott Signs #SaveGirlsSports Law

Texas is the 9th state to advance protections for female athletes by reserving girls’ school sports competitions for females

Austin, TX – This evening, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed the state’s Save Women’s Sports bill into law, making Texas the ninth state to ensure that girls’ school sports competitions are reserved for females.

Meridian Baldacci, Spokesperson for Family Policy Alliance, said:

“It’s a good day for girls in Texas. Female athletes should grow up with a level playing field, in life and in sports. When males are allowed to compete in female sports competitions, they can and do take championship titles and other elite opportunities that were meant for girls. But in Texas, many girls can know that they have a level playing field, and a fair shot at the opportunities meant just for them. We are grateful for the work of our friends at Texas Values who made this important step possible.”

Mary Elizabeth Castle, Senior Policy Advisor for Texas Values, released the following statement:

“We are grateful that Governor Abbott signed the Save Women’s Sports bill into law today. Now, all girls across Texas are free to play without being forced to compete against biological males for precious championships or scholarship opportunities that were given by Title IX. Texas law now confirms the biological reality in sports and Texas is joining 8 other states in leading on this issue.”

In protecting female athletes, Texas joins Idaho (the first state to protect girls’ sports), along with Arkansas, Mississippi, Montana, Alabama, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Florida. Many of these states, including Florida, also extend protections for female athletes who have achieved even higher levels of competition at the collegiate level.

Family Policy Alliance will continue to work with allies to advance protections for female athletes in the 2022 legislative year.

Media Contact:

Robert Noland, (719) 308-2822, Media@FamilyPolicyAlliance.com

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