Indiana became the seventeenth state to protect girls’ sports today. The Indiana House and Senate voted 67-28 and 32-15 respectively to override Gov. Eric Holcomb’s veto of HB 1041—the commonsense bill to reserve girls’ sports for females. Now one-third of all states have laws on the books to ensure fairness in female athletics.

As our friends at Indiana Family Institute can tell you, this legislation took on more than one surprising twist on its way to becoming law. The removal of collegiate athletes from the bill was supposed to guarantee its success, but after the House and the Senate voted overwhelmingly to pass it, Gov. Holcomb astonished many by vetoing the bill while claiming efforts to preserve women’s sports was “a worthy cause for sure.”

At a time when biological men are increasingly taking the place of women in female competitions, on female podiums, and for female scholarships, it’s bewildering that a Republican governor from a conservative Midwest state would veto legislation that is widely supported and passed by two-thirds margin in both Indiana chambers. While governors in three other states have done the same this year, two legislatures (Utah and Kentucky) overrode those vetoes just as the Indiana General Assembly did today.

Led by bill sponsors Rep. Michelle Davis and Sen. Stacey Donato, Indiana legislators acted courageously to defend truth and fairness through the passage and veto override of Save Girls’ Sports legislation. We applaud them as we look forward to additional states doing likewise, and one day, preserving girls’ sports in every state.

Thankfully,

Amanda Banks

Next month, the Biden Administration plans to make an announcement that could force schools to let males become women’s sports champions. Here’s how it will happen: the Biden Administration plans to propose a rule that will turn Title IX into the Equality Act for public schools. Specifically, the U.S. Department of Education wants to redefine “sex” in Title IX to include “sexual orientation and gender identity.” This rule will likely apply to every public school, college, and university.

Title IX is a law that was intended to ensure females have equal access to educational opportunities with males, and it helped make girls’ and women’s sports the robust environments they are today. But the Biden Administration wants to redefine federal law to erase these opportunities for women and girls.

This proposed rule will likely:

What can you do? Get ready to push back against this rule. The Department of Education is required to allow the public to comment on the proposed rule. Your voice can make a difference!

How?

First, watch this video with Roger Severino, Vice President of Domestic Policy at the Heritage Foundation, as he explains more about what the upcoming Title IX rule will do and how the comment process works. We were honored to sit down with Roger recently to talk about what this all means for you – plus, what’s happening behind the scenes.

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Biden’s Attack on Girls Sports (and what you can do about it)

A Conversation with Roger Severino

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(Seeing this late? You can still join at the links above!)

Second, watch for an upcoming email from Family Policy Alliance that will let you know when the proposed rule has been published. We will include a link for to submit your comment directly to the Federal Register.

Third, share this information with your friends! The more voices speaking out on this important issue, the more we will make a difference!

Stay tuned for more updates!

For women and girls,

Nicole Hudgens
Government Affairs

Rep. Jim Banks, Chairman of the Republican Study Committee, and alumnus of our sister Foundation’s Statesmen Academy, took a bold step in the fight to Save Girls’ Sports. The Biden Administration continues to push an agenda filled with radical gender ideology, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi is following along. So, Rep. Banks’ move would bring a bill protecting female athletes to the House floor for a vote—even if Speaker Pelosi disagrees.

The procedural move is called a “discharge petition.” If enough U.S. House Members sign the discharge petition, Rep. Greg Stube’s (FL-17) bill, H.R. 426, the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act, could come to the floor for a vote- even without Nancy Pelosi’s approval.

H.R. 426 is a simple bill to ensure American girls can compete in their own sports — without fear of a male taking their spot on the team, scholarship opportunities, or place on the winner’s podium. If the discharge petition for H.R. 426 receives 218 signatures, H.R. 426 will receive a vote on the House Floor.

Tell your Member of Congress to save girls’ sports!

The nation recently watched with dismay as a male swimmer was awarded first place in the NCAA Women’s Swimming Championship. In this event, the NCAA forced women to compete with a male and girls everywhere lost. America’s girls deserve better.

And America agrees with saving girls’ sports. Despite efforts from the “woke” Biden Administration and the NCAA, 15 states now have laws that protect girls’ sports, and polling consistently shows Americans believe girls should have their own sports.

The ball is now in Congress’s court, and this discharge petition will reveal which Members of Congress truly believe in equal opportunities for women. Tell your Member of Congress to save girls’ sports and sign the discharge petition for H.R. 426!

Sincerely,

Nicole Hudgens
Government Affairs


Complete the form below to ask YOUR Member of Congress to protect girls’ sports today!


Last night, the NCAA forced a girl to take second place simply because her opponent was male.

In a race where female swimmer Emma Weyant should have won, Lia Thomas – a male who identifies as female – was instead crowned winner in a national women’s swimming championship.

And the rest of this weekend, he’ll have two opportunities to claim additional women’s titles.

Please ask the NCAA to reverse course and protect female athletes.

This is a reminder of why states across the nation need to Save Girls’ Sports through college! So far, eleven states have passed laws protecting female athletes — including six with protections through college. More must follow suit.

It’s no secret that males have athletic advantages over females. Some of these advantages include greater muscle mass and greater cardiovascular capacity – plus apparent advantages like height.

That’s one reason women have their own sports competitions in the first place.

When female athletes are forced to compete against male athletes, they lose out on scholarships, titles, and career opportunities simply because of their biology.

Ultimately, they lose out on fairness and the opportunity to enjoy a truly competitive environment.

Girls across the country should be able to count on fair athletic contests. But when males are allowed to compete in female contests, the competition can be over before it begins.

That’s why we’re asking you to join us in sending messages to the NCAA asking for fair competition for female athletes. Your message will be delivered directly to NCAA leadership. They need to hear from you.

It’s time to give girls their lane back. Please ask the NCAA to ensure that girls’ sports are just for girls.

Standing with you,

Meridian Baldacci
Director of Strategy

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Dear  Friend,

This week, Lia Thomas, a biological male, will compete in the women’s NCAA National Swimming Championship. He has already won events at the Ivy League Championships, and now he has his eye on the National Championship.

This is a crisis moment for women’s rights.

Growing up, I watched my sister become a world-class softball player. I watched her toil in early mornings, late nights, two-a-day practices, and long tournaments away from home. I watched my family sacrifice time, money, and opportunities for her to achieve her dream of playing softball in the NCAA Tournament. She, and we, did all this because she loved to play—she was at her happiest when her bat connected with the ball for a homerun. And even though she is a successful professional in the workforce now, I know she misses playing every day.

She, and so many other women like her, represent a crowning achievement of the fight for women’s rights. Thanks to Title IX and the hard work of women in generations past, girls and women have equal opportunity in education and athletics.

Now, the NCAA is putting all of those opportunities at risk.

We need your help to protect women and girls.

The reality is that males, particularly men who have gone through puberty, retain significant physical advantages over women even after hormone treatment. And in college sports, where the competition is tighter and the margins slimmer, those advantages mean the difference between winning and losing.

When Lia Thomas competed with men, he was ranked below #400. Now that he competes against women, Lia Thomas is ranked #1.

This is why we are raising our voice loud and clear: women’s sports should be just for women.

The American people agree: in a Gallup poll last year, 62 percent of U.S. adults thought that “transgender athletes…should only be allowed to play on sports teams that match their birth gender.” Another poll from Morning Consult and Politico found a similar result.

Family Policy Alliance is standing for the rights of young women to pursue their athletic dreams, and for a level playing field as they pursue scholarships, championships and even career opportunities.  Since the launch of our #SaveGirlsSports campaign in 2020, six states have passed laws that protecting female athletes all the way through college; states like Arizona, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Missouri all have the opportunity to pass similar bills protecting female college athletes this year.

Your partnership with Family Policy Alliance helps make this possible.

The bottom line is this: Lia Thomas will probably win the National Championship events he swims in—but even if he doesn’t, he will have taken the place of a deserving young woman who’s worked her whole life for the dream of being there and standing on a podium. A woman like my sister – or like your sister, or wife or daughter – or even like yourself.

Let’s turn the tide.

Thank you for partnering with us to protect the rights and dreams of our girls!

Sincerely,

Joseph Kohm

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Joseph Kohm III
Public Policy DIrector

P.S. The Left wants this moment to mark the beginning of a trend. But we know that it should be a wake-up call to protect athletes across the nation. Will you help make that reality?

We have a request for your urgent help.

The Senate Committee on Education is hearing SB 140, a bill to protect girls sports in Alaska. The bill protects female athletes from having to compete against biologically male athletes in grades K-12. This is a huge step in the right direction!

In recent weeks, we have seen the stories about an Ivy League man dominating women’s swimming events. He has illegitimately broken women’s records and taken the place of deserving women on the winners’ platform, including at the Ivy League Championship. Parents are now concerned for their daughters’ sports scholarships and educational opportunities. It is a travesty and one which we need to prevent from happening in Alaska.

The full Alaska Senate may soon consider SB 140, and we need you to send a message to your representative today urging them to vote “Yes” on SB 140 and ensure college girls in Alaska will not have to compete against men.

Let’s ensure the playing field is level for ALL girls’ sports.  Discrimination against girls in the name of social expediency has no place in Alaska. Send a message to your representative today requesting that they vote “Yes” on SB 140 – it only takes a moment in our Action Center.

Now is the time to speak up to protect girls’ sports in Alaska!

Sincerely,

Joseph Kohm

Joseph Kohm III
Director, Public Policy

We have a request for your urgent help.

The Senate Committee on Education is hearing SB 140, a bill to protect girls sports in Alaska. The bill protects female athletes from having to compete against biologically male athletes in grades K-12. This is a huge step in the right direction!

In recent weeks, we have seen the stories about an Ivy League man dominating women’s swimming events. He has illegitimately broken women’s records and taken the place of deserving women on the winners’ platform, including at the Ivy League Championship. Parents are now concerned for their daughters’ sports scholarships and educational opportunities. It is a travesty and one which we need to prevent from happening in Alaska.

The full Alaska Senate may soon consider SB 140, and we need you fill out the form below to send a message to your representative today urging them to vote “Yes” on SB 140 and ensure college girls in Alaska will not have to compete against men.

Let’s ensure the playing field is level for ALL girls’ sports.  Discrimination against girls in the name of social expediency has no place in Alaska. Send a message to your representative today requesting that they vote “Yes” on SB 140 – it only takes a moment in using the form below.

Now is the time to speak up to protect girls’ sports in Alaska!

Sincerely,

Joseph Kohm

Joseph Kohm III
Director, Public Policy

PS – The form you need is right here.

 

If You Live in Alaska Take Action Today!

 

Friends,

We have an urgent request for your help.

On Monday, The Wyoming Senate Education Committee will vote to advance a bill that would allow biological girls to compete for sports scholarships on a level playing field. Senate File 51, the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act,  will protect the promise of Title IX for girls in Wyoming.

In recent weeks, we have seen stories about an Ivy League man dominating women’s swimming events. He has broken women’s records and taken the place of deserving women on the winners’ platform – all because he retains advantages as a biological male, even after receiving hormone treatment. Stories like this one have shown up at all levels of women’s sports. Many parents across the country are now rightly concerned for their daughters’ sports scholarships and educational opportunities.

We in Wyoming can stand up for our girls by standing for Senate File 51. Please send an email to your Senator urging them to vote “Yes” in Senate File 51 Fairness in Women’s Sports Act.

You can help ensure the playing field is level for girls’ sports by sending a message to your senator today  – it only takes a moment in our Action Center.

Now is the time to speak up to protect girls’ sports in Wyoming!

Nathan Winters
Executive Director

Dear Friends,

We have an urgent request for your help.

The Utah House Health and Human Services Committee has voted to advance a bill that would allow biological boys and men to compete in sports with biological girls and women. The bill specifically says that a biological male can compete in female athletics if he has undergone one year of “hormone treatment,” a term the bill does not even define. This puts women’s and girls’ sports in Utah in great danger.

We need your help to prevent that.

In recent weeks, we have seen the stories about an Ivy League man dominating women’s swimming events. He has  broken women’s records and taken the place of deserving women on the winners’ platform – all because he retains advantages as a biological male, even after receiving hormone treatment. Stories like this one have shown up at all levels of women’s sports. Many parents across the country are now rightly concerned for their daughters’ sports scholarships and educational opportunities.

That is the future in Utah if the House votes “Yes” on H.B. 11, and we need you to send a message to your representative  urging that they reject H.B. 11 to ensure that female athletes in Utah will not have to compete against biological males.

You can help ensure the playing field is level for girls’ sports by sending a message to your representative today  – it only takes a moment in our Action Center.

Now is the time to speak up to protect girls’ sports in Utah!

Sincerely,

Joseph Kohm

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Joseph Kohm III
Director, Public Policy

 

As we head into the weekend, we wanted to share a quick update on what’s happening in “Woke D.C.” and beyond—because you and many other pro-family Americans continue to make your voices heard:

The Good News

The Bad News

  • The Biden Administration announced their plan to create a database of federal employees’ religious beliefs.
    • Senator Lankford (OK), Senator Scott (FL), and 40 Members of Congress are seeking answers.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services recently created the “Reproductive Healthcare Access Task Force.” This task force is charged with:
    • Promoting abortion access through the Department’s policies, research, and programs.
    • Countering the record-breaking number of pro-life laws in the states (While these ongoing efforts to counter pro-life laws is certainly alarming, it’s extremely good news that there are so many new life-affirming laws that have been passed in the states in the first place—laws that wouldn’t be possible without you.)
  • H.R. 4521 the America C.O.M.P.E.T.E.S Act, passed the House.
    • 221 Democrats and 1 Republican voted for the bill.
    • Instead helping the American economy compete with nations like China, this legislation is a Trojan horse containing elements of:
      • The so-called “Build Back Better Act”
      • Critical race theory
      • Climate change
      • Equality Act language to promote LGBT ideology
    • Stay tuned for more updates on this legislation.
  • H.R. 3485, The Global Respect Act, passed the House.
    • 221 Democrats and 6 Republicans voted for the bill.
    • This bill uses broad language that could allow the Biden Administration to revoke or deny entry to the U.S. for foreign individuals, like pastors, who do not agree with radical gender ideology.
    • The bill has been sent to the Senate, where it will likely be harder for the bill to pass.

While we are still seeing bad news coming from D.C., here’s the GREAT news: YOUR continued engagement is making a difference! With state legislatures in session and elections just around the corner, we’ll continue to help you make your voice heard to your elected officials at the right time. Stay tuned for more updates!

For Family and Freedom,Nicole Hudgens
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