Great news! Today, the U.S. Department of Education ruled that a policy letting boys play in girls’ sports is a violation of Title IX, a federal law that ensures that no one can be denied equal access to educational opportunities on the basis of sex. This is a significant win for female athletes across America: it sends a message that fairness in girls’ sports does matter.

We’ve been arguing this on the political front lines in Idaho, where we helped pass the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, which ensures that only girls play in girls’ sports. Fairness in Women’s Sports is based on the idea that sports should happen on a level playing field – and that letting biological boys play in girls’ sports is decidedly unfair. Males have numerous physiological advantages that make it hard or impossible for even the top female athletes to compete against. That’s why this law ensures that only girls play in girls’ sports.

As you know, the ACLU recently sued Idaho over that law, claiming in their initial filing that Fairness in Women’s Sports is a violation of Title IX. Today’s ruling from the U.S. Department of Education suggests otherwise and sends a supportive message for female athletes across the nation.

It’s a message that together, we can Save Girls’ Sports.

Check out our full press release below!


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 28, 2020

BREAKING: U.S. Department of Education Rules Letting Boys Compete in Girls’ Athletic Divisions Violates Federal Civil Rights Law

The ruling is timely as the ACLU has recently sued over a related issue in Idaho

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – Family Policy Alliance applauds the Department of Education for today announcing that letting boys compete in girls’ sports divisions violates Title IX, a federal law that ensures no one can be denied equal access to educational opportunities on the basis of sex. The ruling from the Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is in response to a Connecticut policy that permits boys to compete in girls’ sports if they feel that they are girls.

The Department’s ruling is timely, as the ACLU recently challenged an Idaho law called Fairness in Women’s Sports which, unlike the Connecticut policy, ensures that boys cannot compete in girls’ sports. The law, signed just this spring, is the first of its kind in the nation.

In their initial filing, the ACLU expressed concern that Fairness in Women’s Sports was a violation of Title IX – but today’s ruling suggests otherwise.

Blaine Conzatti, Director of Advocacy at Family Policy Alliance of Idaho, shepherded Fairness in Women’s Sports through the Idaho legislature and to the Governor’s desk. Upon hearing today’s news, he commented: “We’ve been saying for years that letting men compete in women’s high school and college sports violates the spirit of Title IX.”

Title IX played a significant role in elevating women’s sports from recreation-only – or non-existent – status, to the competitive environment it is today. According to the Women’s Sports Foundation, “Before Title IX, one in 27 girls played sports. Today that number is two in five.”

Added Conzatti, “This is why the Fairness in Sports Act that becomes law this year in Idaho is so necessary. The Department of Education ruling today makes clear that protecting athletic opportunities for girls means that biological boys need to compete against other boys, not girls.”

The Department’s decision is an acknowledgement that letting biological boys play in girls’ sports is decidedly unfair: men have numerous physiological advantages over women, such as greater muscle mass and cardiovascular capacity, that make it hard or impossible for even the top female athletes to compete in their own sport. Connecticut’s policy, notes the Department, has “denied female student-athletes athletic benefits and opportunities, including advancing to the finals in events, higher level competitions, awards, medals, recognition, and the possibility of greater visibility to colleges and other benefits.”

Autumn Leva, a former female runner and Vice President of Strategy at Family Policy Alliance, also added, “Both the ACLU’s challenge to Idaho’s common-sense law and the policies in states like Connecticut that permit boys to take over girls’ sports are a slap in the face to Title IX. The Department of Education today clearly made the right decision to save girls’ sports and preserve the integrity of Title IX. It’s sadly ironic that the ACLU once championed girls sports through Title IX—now they want to turn boys into girls’ sports champions. ”

Family Policy Alliance thanks Alliance Defending Freedom for raising the matter before the U.S. Department of Education, and for this week filing a motion to intervene in the Idaho case, as well.

Media Contact:

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

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Family Policy Alliance is a Christ-centered organization with a vision for a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.

I have great news for you!

As you know, Family Policy Alliance of Idaho worked hard to ensure the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act was passed by the legislature and signed by the governor earlier this spring. Sadly, the ACLU is suing the State of Idaho in hopes of undoing this groundbreaking law.

But here’s the good news. The U.S. Department of Education Civil Rights Office just issued a decision today saying that participation in girls’ high school and college sports must be limited to biological females. This means that the federal government agrees with Idaho—girls’ sports are for girls, and boys’ sports are for boys. According to the Education Department, allowing men to play in girls’ sports violates the civil rights of girls to equal educational opportunities protected under Title IX.

I’ve included our press release below. While this news doesn’t guarantee that the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act will upheld in federal courts, it is still welcome news for the future of the girls’ sports in Idaho and across the nation!

Standing with you,

Blaine Conzatti
Director of Advocacy

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 28, 2020

BREAKING: U.S. Department of Education Rules Letting Boys Compete in Girls’ Athletic Divisions Violates Federal Civil Rights Law

The ruling is timely as the ACLU has recently sued over a related issue in Idaho

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – Family Policy Alliance applauds the Department of Education for today announcing that letting boys compete in girls’ sports divisions violates Title IX, a federal law that ensures no one can be denied equal access to educational opportunities on the basis of sex. The ruling from the Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is in response to a Connecticut policy that permits boys to compete in girls’ sports if they feel that they are girls.

The Department’s ruling is timely, as the ACLU recently challenged an Idaho law called Fairness in Women’s Sports which, unlike the Connecticut policy, ensures that boys cannot compete in girls’ sports. The law, signed just this spring, is the first of its kind in the nation.

In their initial filing, the ACLU expressed concern that Fairness in Women’s Sports was a violation of Title IX – but today’s ruling suggests otherwise.

Blaine Conzatti, Director of Advocacy at Family Policy Alliance of Idaho, shepherded Fairness in Women’s Sports through the Idaho legislature and to the Governor’s desk. Upon hearing today’s news, he commented: “We’ve been saying for years that letting men compete in womens’ high school and college sports violates the spirit of Title IX.”

Title IX played a significant role in elevating women’s sports from recreation-only – or non-existent – status, to the competitive environment it is today. According to the Women’s Sports Foundation, “Before Title IX, one in 27 girls played sports. Today that number is two in five.”

Added Conzatti, “This is why the Fairness in Sports Act that becomes law this year in Idaho is so necessary. The Department of Education ruling today makes clear that protecting athletic opportunities for girls means that biological boys need to compete against other boys, not girls.”

The Department’s decision is an acknowledgement that letting biological boys play in girls’ sports is decidedly unfair: men have numerous physiological advantages over women, such as greater muscle mass and cardiovascular capacity, that make it hard or impossible for even the top female athletes to compete in their own sport. Connecticut’s policy, notes the Department, has “denied female student-athletes athletic benefits and opportunities, including advancing to the finals in events, higher level competitions, awards, medals, recognition, and the possibility of greater visibility to colleges and other benefits.”

Autumn Leva, a former female runner and Vice President of Strategy at Family Policy Alliance, also added, “Both the ACLU’s challenge to Idaho’s common-sense law and the policies in states like Connecticut that permit boys to take over girls’ sports are a slap in the face to Title IX. The Department of Education today clearly made the right decision to save girls’ sports and preserve the integrity of Title IX. It’s sadly ironic that the ACLU once championed girls sports through Title IX—now they want to turn boys into girls’ sports champions. ”

Family Policy Alliance thanks Alliance Defending Freedom for raising the matter before the U.S. Department of Education, and for this week filing a motion to intervene in the Idaho case, as well.

Media Contact:

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

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Family Policy Alliance is a Christ-centered organization with a vision for a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.

Friends,

One of the most important legislative victories we achieved this year is the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act.

This first-in-the-nation law limits participation in girls’ high school and college sports to biological girls, making clear that women’s sports are for women only. Ultimately, this law preserves the spirit of Title IX, which guarantees equal athletics opportunities to girls in schools receiving federal funding.

But the ACLU and other far-left advocacy groups have filed a lawsuit asking a federal court to overturn the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act. If they are successful, they will undermine important protections this law provides for women’s sports – protections supported by nearly all Idahoans and passed by a veto-proof supermajority in both chambers of the legislature.

Many of you have asked questions about this groundbreaking legislation that will save girls’ sports. Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions Family Policy Alliance of Idaho has received:

Q: Is the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act unconstitutional? Does it amount to discrimination?

This law isn’t discriminatory. Because it is a scientific fact that biological sex is immutable and there are measurable differences between male and female, it is sometimes appropriate for governments to implement policies that recognize these differences. Consider, for example, sex-segregated bathrooms, sex-specific public health guidelines, and single-sex athletic teams.

Ask any student athlete, high school coach, or parent—allowing biological men to perform in girls’ sports unfairly puts girls at a competitive disadvantage. The size, strength, bone structure, lung volume, and heart supply of the average male far outpaces many elite female athletes, even after the biological male undergoes hormone therapy.

Q: Is the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act exclusionary?

A: Absolutely not. The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act simply clarifies that girls’ sports are for girls, and boys’ sports are for boys. Biological boys can still play in boys’ high school and college sports.

If biological boys are allowed to compete in girls’ sports, then girls will eventually be excluded from sports designed for their benefit and flourishing. This is already happening in many states, including Connecticut, Texas, and Alaska, where biological males keep winning championships, breaking records, and taking opportunities from hardworking girls.

Q: Are the methods outlined in the law for determining sex “invasive” or “intrusive?”

A: No. Students already needed to receive a physical exam before starting practices for school sports, dance, or cheerleading. Doctors performing the physical exam will now simply take note of the biological sex of the student and mark it in the paperwork submitted to the school. If an athlete’s biological sex is disputed, the school athletic director can consult the student’s medical paperwork the school was already required to keep on file.

Q: What was the policy that existed before Fairness in Women’s Sports Act became law?

A: The Idaho High School Activities Association has allowed biological males to play in girls’ high school sports after one year of receiving hormone therapy (usually testosterone suppression therapy). The same was true for Idaho colleges and universities.

We will keep you updated. Thanks for your support and prayers!

Standing with you,

Blaine Conzatti
Director of Advocacy

As expected, the abortion industry is suing Governor Kemp for his commitment to protecting innocent human life.

Why? Because abortion is an entire profit-making industry, and the leadership we elected values life – the most sacred gift the Lord gives us – more than money. Because Governor Kemp is committed to doing the right thing over political expedience or what is easy.

Please pray.

This lawsuit wasn’t unexpected. Even during the campaign, Brian Kemp knew that his bold commitment would result in a court battle. It is, however, sad that our fellow citizens so thoroughly cherish death, the ability to snuff out the lives of the vulnerable, that they will sue to keep their industry alive and thriving.

To read what the pro-abortion industry has to say, see the lawsuit filed this morning.

With the legal process beginning, we are prayerful that what is right will win out. This law is scientifically sound – understanding the truth that we are dealing with living human beings worthy of protection. This law takes into account what the courts have been telling us for years about establishing the personhood of the unborn. This law reflects basic common sense – with it being impossible to hear the sound of a heartbeat and not come face to face with the reality of life. And, this law reflects the will of the people of Georgia and their duly elected officials.

Our hope is that the court will cease an era of tyranny and recognize these basic facts and allow our state the right to protect life.

To that end, I humbly ask you to pray.

We will keep you updated throughout this process, and we will also be keeping up the fight in the political and policy arenas for a Georgia where life is cherished. May the Lord continue to show us His grace.

Prayerful,

Cole Muzio
President and Executive Director

Dear Friends,

Faith-based adoption agencies in Kansas have been helping children find their forever homes for more than 60 years. Today, their ability to help kids is threatened.

In 2006, Catholic Charities was forced to shut down after 100 years of serving in Boston. Agencies in San Francisco, Illinois, and Washington, D.C. have also been forced to close because of their policy of only placing children in homes with a married mom and dad. Why? The ACLU and other groups launched a national campaign against faith-based adoption providers. Their goal is to coerce agencies with whom they disagree to violate their convictions or shut down.

But Kansans will not be intimidated.

The Adoption Protection Act ensures that faith-based adoption providers will be allowed to continue to operate in accordance with their sincerely held religious beliefs. It simply codifies what has been practiced in Kansas for decades. Seven states have passed similar laws, including Virginia, whose 2012 law serves as the model for this bill.

There are too many kids in need of forever homes to be driving providers away. Crucially, faith-based providers excel at placing hard-to-place children, like those with special needs. These kids shouldn’t be denied forever homes because adults are fighting about sexual politics.

The Adoption Protection Act also ensures birth mothers have choices when making the heroic decision to place their child in the home of a forever family.

Family Policy Alliance of Kansas is working closely with a coalition of mission-aligned groups to protect faith-based adoption providers, but we’re going to need your help to get this law across the line. Stay tuned for more information about what you can do.

Sincerely,

Eric Teetsel
President and Executive Director

P.S. We are able to be your voice of truth because of the generous support of our friends and allies. Would you consider making a gift to Family Policy Alliance of Kansas?

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” -Psalm 139:13-14

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the conclusion of our four-part series highlighting our vision- a state where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.

At Family Policy Alliance of Idaho, we believe that life is precious gift from God and that it should be protected from conception to natural death.

For years, Idaho has been blessed with many pro-life legislators who have worked tirelessly to allow an innocent unborn baby his or her God-given right to life and to provide pregnant women and girls the dignity they deserve.

The result?  Many of these efforts have been undermined by a small number of federal judges who choose to legislate from the bench.

While pro-life legislation has seen successful in both the Idaho legislature and Governor’s office and while the majority of Idaho citizens are pro-life; federal judges continue to require abortion on demand in Idaho.

How can this happen?

The answer is two-fold:

  1. Idaho is yoked to a federal judiciary that historically rules in support of abortion on demand.

Federal judges are political appointments of the president and are confirmed by the U.S. Senate.  Many liberal activist judges have been appointed and approved without much opposition.

This illustrates why for Family Policy Alliance of Idaho, voting your values is so critical.  We must understand for whom we are voting in all elections.  If part of our elected officials’ job is to appoint or confirm judges, how do they make those decisions?

  1. The abortion industry is extremely well-funded with a pervasive litigation strategy.

Planned Parenthood and the ACLU are the darlings of wealthy progressives and the Left.  Benefactors from across the country help fund the horror of abortion. They raise millions annually sanitizing the death of unborn children on the altar of choice.

Here is where these two points intersect: Idaho is a litigation target for Planned Parenthood and the ACLU because they know their cases will come before a pro-abortion federal judge.  With few exceptions, every piece of pro-life legislation signed into law in Idaho has been challenged in this judge’s federal court. Why? Because this judge assigns cases in Idaho and he personally takes cases challenging pro-life law.

The other thing Planned Parenthood counts on is that a pro-life legislative branch, executive branch, and citizens have nowhere to else go.  They know that in Idaho the only place we can appeal is the infamously liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Regardless of the circumstances, we must continue to fight for life.  There is never a bad time to do the right thing.  We are called to stand for life…and we must be obedient to God’s call!

So, what are we to do?

Friends – it is time to restore a culture of life in our state! Every person has been created in the Image of God as a unique and priceless being with inherent dignity and rights – chief among them, the right to live! This includes those with terminal diagnoses and those with disabilities; the preborn and those facing the end of life; and those at every age, status or capability in between.

Our vision is an Idaho where life is cherished, and we want you to join us in this effort! Daniel 11:32 says, “…the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action.”

Simply put, it’s not enough to stand for what we believe – we must also act. At Family Policy Alliance of Idaho, we call this “unleashing citizenship,” and we are counting on your help to unleash a movement of change across our state. I know we can count on your prayers.

It is time to restore in Idaho a culture in which life is cherished!

Sincerely,

Julie Lynde
Policy Director

 

Part1: PICTURE THIS! An Idaho Where God Is Honored

Part 2: Illuminating an Idaho Where Religious Freedom Flourishes

Part 3: Our Vision: An Idaho Where Families Thrive!