The nationwide movement to #SaveGirlsSports has never been stronger, and today there’s a big development.

Family Policy Alliance is excited to stand with Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) in her effort to #SaveGirlsSports by introducing new federal legislation that would make sure schools keep girls’ sports for girls if they receive federal funds.

The bill would make it a violation of Title IX for these schools to allow biologically male students who identify as female to play in girls’ sports. Title IX is the federal law that protects equal educational opportunities – including school athletic opportunities – for girls.

This common sense and scientifically sound legislation would follow in the footsteps of the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, the groundbreaking Idaho law passed this year with the help of Family Policy Alliance of Idaho and the thousands of you who emailed and called to make your voice heard.

Here are three reasons why federal law should explicitly protect school sports for girls:

  1. Throughout the nation, girls are losing athletic competitions and scholarships to biological men. Female track-runners at Idaho State University lost to a biological man in a women’s event at the Big Sky Conference Track and Field Championships. In Connecticut, four female high school athletes sued their state interscholastic athletics conference after two biologically male athletes won 15 girls’ state championships. These are only two examples of the numerous instances across the nation of males competing in girls’ school sports—placing females at a sharp disadvantage.
  2. Americans overwhelmingly support protecting girls’ sports. Recent polling shows that most Americans – including majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and independents – agree that female athletes should not be forced to compete against biological men.
  3. Preserves the spirit of Title IX for future generations of girls. Title IX has made a world of difference for female opportunity in sports: before the law only 1 in 27 girls played sports, versus the 2 in 5 that play today. Forcing female athletes to compete against biological men effectively cancels out Title IX protections for girls. If Title IX means anything, athletic opportunities for girls must be protected.

The Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act builds on Senator Loeffler’s impressive pro-family legislative portfolio, and we are incredibly grateful for her boldness in introducing this important and timely legislation. As we saw in Idaho, the political Left is bound to respond with vitriol, hostility, and a deep disregard for biological realities.

At Family Policy Alliance, we’re working hard to advance policies like these that can help #SaveGirlsSports. Idaho was the first state to protect girls’ sports, but we have a vision to help protect all female athletes around the nation, too.Will you help us make that vision a reality? With a sacrificial gift of $100, $50, or even $25, you can help us #SaveGirlsSports by guaranteeing fair play and equal competition for our daughters.

The extreme Left wants to ignore biology in the name of a radical agenda, but here at Family Policy Alliance we are working every day to recognize God-given realities and help give families – including female athletes – the opportunity to thrive. Will you join us?

Standing for our girls,

Cole Muzio
Family Policy Alliance of Georgia
President and Executive Director


Blaine Conzatti
Family Policy Alliance of Idaho
Director of Advocacy

P.S. Endorsed early on by Family Policy Alliance of Georgia, Senator Loeffler has been an ally for our organization throughout this fight. Earlier this summer, she recorded a video in support of Family Policy Alliance’s #SaveGirlsSports social media campaign. Watch below:

Friends,

Should biological males with their countless physiological advantages compete against girls in women’s sports? Most Americans consider it a question of fairness. According to recent polling,  big majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and Independent voters alike believe women’s sports should be reserved for girls.

So why did someone on the NCAA Board of Governors “dox” female athletes who want to #SaveGirlsSports?

When more than 300 college and professional female athletes sent a letter last week asking the NCAA to reject a call to boycott Idaho over its newly passed Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, they knew they could face stiff consequences—broken friendships, online harassment, and even retaliation on the sports field or in the college classroom.

That’s why these brave women expected the NCAA to keep their names private. Imagine their shock when Outsports (an imprint of the large sports news website SB Nation) somehow acquired and published their names, demanding that they “be held accountable” and “answer” for their belief that men don’t belong in women’s sports.

Newsflash: Doxing female athletes and subjecting them to ruthless harassment on the internet and elsewhere is nothing less than bullying.

Most certainly, one or more members of the NCAA Board of Governors violated the confidence of these girls by leaking their names to Outsports. But these bullying tactics aren’t new. Opponents of the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act have made a habit of labeling female athletes who don’t want to compete against biological men as “bigoted” and “intolerant.”

Enough is enough.

Use our Action Center to quickly and easily send a letter to the NCAA Board of Governors voicing your support for these girls and their message. The NCAA needs to hear and respect the legitimate concerns of female athletes who are tired of biological men intruding into women’s sports.

It’s time for all of us to stand with female athletes who want to #SaveGirlsSports. Please send an email to the NCAA right now—and please forward this message to your friends, asking them to do the same!

Standing with our girls,

Blaine Conzatti
Director of Advocacy – Idaho

In 2020, it’s easy to look around and wonder—is there anything good happening??

I’m thankful that the answer is YES, and you have been a part of making these good things happen!

Let me count some of the things we are grateful for at Family Policy Alliance, and I hope you will join us in praising God for this good news! And remember, these wins came about despite COVID-19 and all the challenges it brought right in the middle of when state legislatures were supposed to be busiest.

  1. First, do no harm.

    When we elect lawmakers to represent us and our values, the first thing we hope and expect of them is that when they get to our capitols, they first “do no harm.” In other words, please don’t mess things up.We know that politicians can often mess things up, but this year many states were able to block a lot of bills that would deeply harm the lives of children and families—in large part because believers and pro-family voices joined together to push back against these bad bills.For example, New Mexico was poised to pass a bill proposed by their governor and pro-abortion legislators that would codify abortion up to the moment of birth in state law. Believers of all denominations joined together in opposition. The bill’s defeat is widely celebrated as the greatest victory for New Mexico’s pro-life movement in modern history.

    In Georgia, the casino lobby spent major resources to lobby for unprecedented gambling expansion the Peach State, yet pro-family conservatives rallied enough opposition that the bill was pulled at the last minute.

    And, in Colorado where far Left activists have been having a field day with passing laws that are increasingly harmful to families, the state was set to pass the latest bill that would redefine what it means to be a “parent.” The bill would have, among other consequences, divorced child birth from parentage making the family entirely a creature of state contract law and encouraged the use of Artificial Reproduction Technology – in which many extra embryos are created and, in most cases, eventually killed – thus adding to the loss of babies in our state. A coalition of conservatives and believers rallied, and the bill was stopped.

  2. Saving girls’ sports!

    As you probably know, girls’ athletics are under attack by activists who would sacrifice girls’ athletic opportunities on the altar of a political agenda so that boys (who identify themselves as girls) can compete in girls’ divisions and steal girls’ scholarships. The state of Idaho had enough, and they became the first state in the country to pass a law protecting girls’ sports!Way to go Idaho! Their new law is under attack in court by the ACLU, so much work remains to be done to save that law so that other states can follow Idaho’s lead. Join the fight to Save Girls’ Sports if you haven’t already!The other good news on the girls’ sports front is that the Trump Administration has repeatedly clarified that to permit boys to steal girls’ athletic opportunities would be a violation of Title IX, the civil rights law that ensures girls equal access to academic and athletic opportunities with boys. And, the Trump Administration has also sided with Idaho in protecting its new law!
  3. Stopping Planned Parenthood & Nancy Pelosi, saving livesAs the COVID situation began to unfold, Nancy Pelosi’s COVID relief plan included a billion-dollar funding stream with a provision that would have excluded the Hyde Amendment — which has protected against taxpayer funding of abortions for decades. Thanks to tens of thousands of you raising your voice and to the White House, her plan was stopped.Then, while Planned Parenthood was seeking out masks and gloves in the thick of the crisis, they (and the broader abortion lobby) attempted to skirt regulations meant to protect women on the chemical abortion pill. With your support, Family Policy Alliance rallied a coalition of national and state-based allies to stop the effort in its tracks. Now that battle will continue to be fought in courts.

    Laws to save lives were also being advanced! In the midst of COVID, Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming helped shepherd a bill to protect babies who survive botched abortions. The bill passed all the way through the Wyoming legislature, even though Wyoming’s governor ultimately vetoed it. This fight isn’t over!

  4. Education freedom for families

    In America, our legal system is built upon recognizing certain God-given freedoms—including the right of parents to direct their children’s care and education. But sometimes, financial limitations prevent parents from being able to fully realize that right.Thankfully, in the midst of the COVID crisis, two major things happened to advance education freedom for families. First, President Trump’s Administration issued a rule to ensure that COVID relief funding would serve all students—those in public and private schools.Second, the Supreme Court struck down what’s called a “Blaine Amendment,” an antiquated law that has been used to prevent faith-based schools from being part of a school choice programs simply because they are faith-based. The ruling was a win for parents, for religious freedom, and most importantly—for children. We believe that children win when their parents can choose the best education for each child, and that no government should place limitations on a child’s future because of her zip code or her family’s income.

We hope this list of wins to be thankful for encourages you as it does us—and these were only a small sample of the good things happening across the country this year! Your voice makes a difference. Your vote can change lives. Your support is invaluable.

And certainly the fight isn’t over. Because of COVID, many state legislatures were cut short. This means that many, many good policies that protect lives and families were also not able to advance.

That’s why Family Policy Alliance is already gearing up for both the 2020 election and for January 2021 when most state legislatures get back to work. The 2020 election is critical to ensure that we have the right lawmakers representing us and our values in every state—so that we can advance those good, pro-family policies in 2021.

As you can see, the policies that are passed by good lawmakers can truly save lives and create a better country for our children.

No one’s claiming that any politician or law can be our country’s savior—only Jesus Christ can fill that role, and it’s clear today that we all need His saving grace. But we do claim that God has placed each of us in this country at this time to represent His truth in our system of government.

That is our calling and that is our unique form of ministry at Family Policy Alliance.

As we prepare for November 2020 and the life-saving policies we seek to pass into law in 2021, will you consider a gift to Family Policy Alliance?

For truth & for His calling,

Autumn Leva
Vice President, Strategy

 

In 1938 a British play entitled “Gaslight” premiered at the Richmond Theatre in London. The story was set in the 1880s when streetlamps and gaslights were cutting edge technology in the fog shrouded streets and dim parlors of London.

In the story, Jack Manningham uses deceptive tactics to convince his wife Bella that she is losing her mind. Jack covertly turns down the gas-lamps occasionally and mutters to himself as he searches for jewels in an empty apartment just above the one in which he and his wife have made their home.

When Bella questions Jack about the voices she hears from the empty upstairs apartment and why the lights dim at the strangest times, he insists that everything is okay and questions whether her grasp on reality is slipping.

The play became an international sensation. It crossed the Atlantic in 1941 and became a tremendous hit on Broadway under the name “Angel Street.” The show ran continuously through the war years and even found success on the silver screen in both Britain and America.

Though it closed in 1944, it achieved immortality by coining a term that found its way into the lexicon where it is used to describe a specific kind of psychological manipulation where a victim becomes convinced that what they clearly see is wrong and possibly even the result of their own misperception; That the lies of the victimizer are right because they must be seeing things more clearly.

Last week, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra declared that state-sponsored travel to the state of Idaho would be banned because Idaho voted to save the promise of Title IX and reserve girls’ sports for girls. The legislation that preserves this promise does not restrict anyone from playing sports, it just makes sure that biological girls will compete on a level playing field as they strive to earn sports scholarships for the dream of higher education.

The California Attorney General used a method that has become all-too common in our society today. In the Cheyenne paper just last month, two articles were reprinted from the Los Angeles Times praising what they term “queer” ideology and implying that a scientific view of human sexuality was demeaning. Wyoming and American citizens are bombarded by movies, articles, concerts, and rallies proposing that science and objective reality are wrong and that anyone who would believe such a thing is morally wrong as well.

I raise this concern because Christians and conservatives can sometimes grow dispirited under such a horrifying onslaught. Time and again, this year, I have heard Christians share the sadness in their hearts. Whether it is the Superbowl halftime show, the marches that go on in celebration of the extremes of the sexual revolution, or the challenge of being called a bigot when it is genuine love that truly defines our character, some Christians start to wonder if reality is worth fighting for.

At Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming®, we are committed to encouraging you in the struggle for truth. We challenge you to put on your spiritual armor every day and be strong in the Lord and the power of His might.

God’s pure light shines through the dimming lamps. Keep your eyes on Him!

Sincerely,

Nathan Winters
Executive Director

“When it comes to sports, I believe that every athlete deserves a fair chance at success. In track and cross country, boys and girls are divided into different categories, and even into different heats (or skill levels) to keep things as fair as possible. Every athlete is responsible for working their way up to a better level, and every athlete deserves a chance to do so. When boys compete in female competitions, it takes that opportunity away from girls, many who are working hard to make it to a better rank. Due to the biological and physical build of boys, they have a natural advantage over girls when it comes to athletics. … While I do race against a transgender athlete, I have never experienced a loss competing with him. However, there are definitely girls who have, and I don’t want that to happen to me or any of my teammates down the line.” – Izzy, a high school runner, is pictured above.

We don’t want that to happen either, and we know you share that sentiment. That’s why we’re so grateful for the way you participated and made a difference during #SaveGirlsSports Week. While our work to Save Girls’ Sports will continue into the future, we wanted to share with you some of the highlights of this past week and celebrate the down payment made on the victories to come.

This week, we saw posts supporting #SaveGirlsSports from a range of perspectives. Coaches, concerned citizens, and of course current and former athletes all participated on social media. Here were some of our favorite posts:

Kaeley Triller of the Hands Across the Aisle Coalition shared that her women’s sports scholarship, made possible by a federal law called Title IX, was what allowed her to finance college. Today, groups like the ACLU (who once defended women’s sports) are attempting to undermine Title IX by using it to allow boys to play in girls’ sports.

 

Kansas state Representative Renee Erickson shared her experiences in sports and her hopes for her granddaughter to have the same opportunities.

 

 

 

 

 

Marilyn Synek of Nebraska Family Alliance shared her perspective as an athlete and why she cares about working to #SaveGirlsSports in her own state!

 

 

 

 

Even the Women’s Liberation Front, a group of self-described radical feminists, joined with us to spread this important message! We’re thankful for their partnership on areas of shared concern.

 

 

 

U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler (of Georgia) shared what girls’ sports meant to her personally and why she stands with Family Policy Alliance to #SaveGirlsSports.

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler (of Missouri) explained the importance of Title IX, the harm of the ACLU’s attempts to undermine it, and why she supports the #SaveGirlsSports movement

 

 

 

And, one of our favorites that YOU sent us came from Pat McWethy of Virginia, a 74-year-old women’s basketball player with a wealth of perspective on Title IX and a huge heart to #SaveGirlsSports:


Pat McWethy shared her many athletic experiences over the last 50+ years and explained why it matters that we #SaveGirlsSports. Thanks for sending that video, Pam!

And that’s not to mention the many supportive tweets from individuals and partner organizations all over the country.

We were blown away by the support from national and state partners around the country!

 This week and leading up to the campaign we were featured in outlets including The Federalist, Focus on the Family’s Daily Citizen, the Christian Post and Kevin McCullough’s Radio Night Live. We have been  blessed to publish pieces in The Washington Examiner (forthcoming Monday) and The Daily Signal.

 Most importantly, YOU made a huge difference this week at the grassroots level. Thousands of you signed our petition to state lawmakers, sent letters to the NCAA, and encouraged the Trump Administration to continue to stand strong for female athletes. And some of you even gave sacrificially to ensure this mission continues into the future. THANK YOU.

Thanks to you, #SaveGirlsSports Week was a success. Now, the real work must happen: fighting to #SaveGirlsSports in Idaho and beyond. With your support, we know

Sincerely,

Meridian Baldacci
Policy and Communications Strategist

Dear Friend,

If there were any doubt about the timeliness of Save Girls’ Sports Week, the Left has erased that with their latest attack – and your help is urgently needed to stop it!

As you may recall, last month President Trump’s Department of Education released a decision that a Connecticut policy allowing biological males to play in female sports violated federal law. Which law did it violate? Title IX, the federal law that made women’s sports possible at the level we have them today, and whose anniversary we’ve honored this week with Save Girls’ Sports Week. The Department’s decision was a significant step in support of female athletes.

But now Trump’s Administration, and especially the Department of Education, is under intense pressure to walk back its stand for female athletes. Why? Because, in the view of Left-wing lobbyists, the Supreme Court’s Bostock decision from last week that redefined “sex” to include “gender identity” should expand to permit boys’ (who identify as girls) to compete in girls’ sports. In fact, though, the Court (thankfully) refused to deal with other issues like girls’ sports in the Bostock decision. If Bostock were applied to girls’ sports, it would indeed have disastrous effects on women’s opportunities. The Court did not discuss girls’ sports, and we cannot let left-wing activists act as though it did.

Here’s our urgent request for you today: will you send a message to President Trump and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, thanking them for their support for female athletes and urging them to STAND STRONG?

So far, the Trump Administration hasn’t buckled, but the pressure is enormous. Your voice – combined with thousands of others – will help bolster any doubters in the Administration.

Finally, thank you for your participation in Save Girls’ Sports Week. Because of you, the #SaveGirlsSports message has spread, we’ve gathered thousands of signatures on our petition to state lawmakers, and geared up for efforts to Save Girls’ Sports in Idaho (the only state with a proactive law to protect girls’ sports) and other states. And it’s not too late to add your voice via social media if you haven’t done so yet!

But most of all today, will you take one minute to make your voice heard to President Trump and Secretary DeVos?

Sincerely,


John Paulton


Meridian Baldacci

 

 

 

Last week we shared about the Supreme Court’s narrow but disastrous ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County, and the effects this decision now has for business owners. This week we want to address the two other major issues that the Majority of the court tried to minimize: Religious freedom and girl’s achievements.

How Bostock effects religious freedom:

While we are disappointed with the outcome of the Bostock case, we remain optimistic that this narrow decision dealing with public employment leaves room for future rulings that will take a different approach to protecting religious freedom. And in fact, the decision almost asked for future cases when the Court specifically noted how “doctrines protecting religious liberty interact with Title VII are questions for future cases.”

How Bostock effects girls’ sports and privacy:

When it comes to how this will affect protections for girls and women, we just don’t know yet. One ominous note is that the Majority did indicate that it may not be willing to protect women in other areas of the law. One of those areas is Title IX of the United States Education Act which was clearly enacted to protect women, not men.

This ruling has also diminished the real lived experiences of women all across our country who have fought for the right to vote, to be recognized in the work force, and to have the opportunity compete in sports. This was even noted by Justice Alito in his dissent.

Just this year, our sister organization in Idaho, Family Policy Alliance of Idaho, helped enact a law that protects the ability for girls to compete in sports. The law is now being challenged in court by the ACLU. If you would like to read more about our efforts and support girls’ sports across the nation, visit our Save Girls Sports website  and participate in #SaveGirlsSports Week which runs through tomorrow.

Here are some things that Kansas women are saying about #SaveGirlsSports:

Rep Barb Wasinger (R-Dist. 111)

My senior year of high school (1976) I was a member of the Student Council. Before Title IX was implemented in the early 70’s there were very few choices for girls to be involved in athletics.

As a member of the Student Council, I got to be part of discussions of how to implement Title IX effectively for the young women in the District.  No one understood how important this was more than I did.  Throughout my school years, I was active as a swimmer and competed in the summer months. Yet, I was never able to compete in sports during the school year because swimming wasn’t available for women. We can’t go back to a time when girls had limited opportunities to grow and excel through sports.

I saw these advances play out for my daughter as she was able to play volleyball throughout middle school. The joy of her being able to choose – and be able to compete against other young women was amazing.  There is good competition and not unfair competition.  We cannot turn back the clock back 48 years and undo the progress we’ve made.”

Rep. Susan Humphries (R-Dist. 99)

“Our daughter Grace was an incredible track athlete. This is photo was taken in 1999, when she got second in state in the long jump. Just imagine if she would have had to compete against a biological boy –she would have given up, and never gone to the AAU Nationals track meet.”

Rep. Kristey Williams (R-77)

“When I was just a young girl, Title IX came into effect to provide equal opportunity for female athletes that attended any school that received federal funding. No longer could schools provide disproportional opportunities for males over females. Fast forward to present day and we now have a movement to reverse this decision by allowing biological males who identify as females to compete against our daughters. I have three daughters and one son and can easily see their innate differences. On so many levels, this is an inequity and an injustice for girls and does nothing to protect their ability to fairly and safely compete. If we really stopped to examine the issue with eyes wide open, there would be no dispute of the facts and the harmful ramifications of allowing this unfair treatment of girls to progress.”

We are so appreciative of each of these women who are willing to speak up for girls. I encourage each of you to join myself and these women by signing our petition and posting on social about #SaveGirlsSports this week!

As a woman, this case only inspired me to fight to protect hard-won victories for girls so that the girls that come after me can have the same opportunities that I have had. More than ever we need to stand up for religious freedom and for the dignity of women. This decision does not get the final word on this topic and we will continue to work to protect the God given dignity of every Kansans to live out their faith.

Sincerely,

Brittany Jones, Esq.
Director of Advocacy

 

Did you know? A 2019 Rasmussen poll revealed that a majority of Americans oppose letting biological males play in girls’ sports. We know you’re in that majority.

But sadly, American laws and practice don’t represent that majority viewpoint. Instead, only one state in the country (Idaho) has a law ensuring girls’ sports are reserved for girls, and that law is under attack from the ACLU.

That’s why we’ve led the #SaveGirlsSports Week this week: to build awareness for the issue and highlight the voices of those who believe in fair opportunities for female athletes.

But #SaveGirlsSports is so much more than a single awareness week. At Family Policy Alliance, it’s something we’re working on year-round, in Idaho and other states.

With enough funding, we will help defend Idaho’s law, push back against the ACLU’s attempt to destroy girls’ sports, and get to work in other states to pass laws to save girls’ sports like Idaho’s. But we need your support to do that. As a non-profit ministry, we rely on the generous and sacrificial support of people like you who care about the family and who care about protecting opportunities for the next generation. It was your sacrificial support that made the victory in Idaho possible. And it will be your sacrificial support that will win future victories as well.

Would you be willing to give a sacrificial gift to help #SaveGirlsSports? Your support will help us as we work to protect girls – and fight for families on other pressing issues around the nation.

With all that’s happened for girls’ sports – and even on sex and gender issues more broadly – we have our work cut out for us. But by God’s grace, it’s a challenge we want to meet – and one we hope you’ll join us for.

Would you partner with Family Policy Alliance?

Gratefully,

Meridian Baldacci
Policy and Communications Strategist

I went to school with girls and young women who had incredible God-given talents and abilities. I’m sure you probably did as well. Some were National Merit Scholars or excelled at certain subjects they loved. Others were excellent musicians, and still others amazingly gifted athletes. Most had hopes and dreams of going to college and perhaps even someday having a career in their areas of specialty.

I think we can all agree that it should not matter whether you are male or female, if you want to be a musician or intellectually excel in some field or be a star athlete. You should be able to pursue your hopes and dreams without discrimination.

Years ago, it was a definite disadvantage to be female and try to achieve these things, so Title IX, part of a suite of civil rights laws, was passed in 1972. It ensures that girls have the same access to educational and athletic opportunities as boys. Title IX states, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” As a result, the examples of intellectual, musical, or athletic prowess I noted above are all protected under Title IX. Until now that is.

Sports have now been targeted as one activity where it would be fine undoing almost 50 years of Title IX equality for girls. All in the name of how “sex” is defined. The new definition of sex would be interpreted as gender, and so it includes transgender individuals competing in girls’ sports. The sad irony is that girls are now to be discriminated against using the same law that gave them equal rights decades ago!

Why is this so unfair? Biological males have advantages like greater bone density, muscle mass, and cardiovascular capacity than girls. This remains true even after males who want to be female have undergone hormone treatment, such as transgender individuals.

What if your daughter or granddaughter is gifted in track and field or perhaps swimming? Along comes a boy who identifies as a female and competes in her races. There go your daughter’s/granddaughter’s chances of winning, and in some cases, chances of getting college scholarships. Scholarships in sports such as track and field and swimming can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands, and some are multiyear, so we are not talking about just a few dollars.

That is why we need to #savegirlssports. Allowing fair and equal opportunities for biological males and females was the point of Title IX and we need to preserve it, instead of some revisionist history of what it meant.

Are you willing to get involved? If so, there are some quick and easy things you can do.

Thank you for helping to save girls’ sports and thank you for protecting the hard-won Title IX equality our daughters and granddaughters enjoy!

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

Dear Friends—

Forty-eight years ago this week, amendments to the Higher Education Act were passed by Congress and signed into law by President Richard Nixon. While the amendments cover many different issues within higher education, the legislation became famous for a provision known as “Title IX.” Title IX includes a particular phrase which states, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance” (Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute; 20 U.S. Code § 1681 – Sex).

This Title IX statement has been the basis for the vast majority of women’s sports programs in the nation today. In 1972, there were just 30,000 women participating in NCAA sports, as opposed to 170,000 men, and the number of collegiate sports’ scholarships given to men was almost 6 to 1.

Over the past 48 years, the number of women participating in NCAA athletic programs has multiplied five-fold. Today, more girls are able to access scholarships and other benefits associated with girls’ sports than ever before. However, all the work to provide opportunities for girls to benefit from their own sports programs is now under threat from some who wish to allow biological men to take advantage of opportunities reserved for women.

When men are allowed to play in girls’ sports divisions, girls can have championships, scholarships, and other elite opportunities stripped away. Therefore, as a father with a young daughter, I am pleased to report that Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico® is working together with our national allies to support the national #SaveGirlsSports campaign.

Recently, Idaho passed important legislation to ensure that the promise of Title IX will not be washed away with boys taking over girls’ sports and seizing the awards and scholarships young women have worked hard to earn. However, this legislation is now under attack by the ACLU and others, and we need your help to push back.

This week is Save Girls’ Sports Week across the nation, and this is what you can do to help #SaveGirlsSports:

1. Please post on your social media accounts and use the #SaveGirlsSports hashtag. If you are or were a female athlete, we encourage you to share a photo or story about why this issue matters to you. Not a female athlete? Please post in support of female athletes and in support of fairness. Just remember to use #SaveGirlsSports. You can also change your Facebook profile picture to support the campaign. Add the #SaveGirlsSports frame to your profile picture in a few simple steps. Simply go to your profile on the Facebook app; tap the camera icon on your profile picture; then tap “Add Frame” and search for #SaveGirlsSports.

2. Please click here to sign our petition to lawmakers asking them to support laws like Idaho’s Fairness in Women’s Sports Act. Idaho may be the first state to Save Girls’ Sports, but it cannot be the last.

3. Please forward this email to everyone you know who may be interested in participating. It may be a female athlete or their friends and family. It may be another concerned citizen, or even an organization or local group you are part of.

4. Please consider sending a gift to support our efforts in this endeavor and others in New Mexico. As we shared last week, we need to raise an additional $5,000 by June 30. Thanks to the generosity of ministry partners like you, we are 25% of the way there. So if you recognize the importance of our work and have not yet given, please partner with us today by clicking here!

Blessings,

Vince Torres
President & Executive Director