Arkansas is the most recent state to come out with a working piece of legislation that would protect biological women from having to compete against biological men who identify as transgender women—an issue that has taken the scholastic sporting world by storm.
The announcement by the Southern state was followed by an executive order signed by President Joe Biden on Jan. 20, which reportedly expands protections of women under federal statute Title IX and bars any form of discrimination against women due to their biological sex at educational institutions that receive federal funding. The issue, however, is that men who would like to live as women are also set to be protected by this government-sponsored provision.
“Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room or school sports,” Biden’s order states.
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced the proposed legislation in an effort to combat the Biden administration’s order.
Rutledge shared her thoughts with KATV television station, saying that the order harms female athletes—barring them from having equal and fair competition among themselves.
The legislation, known as the Gender Integrity Reinforcement Legislation For Sports Act, would make it illegal for those who are identified as male on their birth certificate to take part in women’s sports. The bill goes on to describe chromosomal, hormonal, and physiological differences between male and female, according to KATV.
The proposed consequences for a school in Arkansas that goes against the bill would be a year-long ban from receiving funds from any public source, Breitbart News noted.
“I want to send a strong message to President Biden and his administration that here in Arkansas, we intend to require schools to prohibit biological boys who self-identify as girls onto girls’ sports teams,” Rutledge said.
“It will create equal and fair competition by limiting girls’ and women’s sports to girls and women, as evidenced by an original birth certificate,” Rutledge said. “We don’t want common sense to be shadowed by so-called political correctness.”
Rutledge was not alone in coming to this conclusion within the state. Arkansas state Sen. Missy Irvin and Rep. DeAnn Vaught noted that they, too, would back the bill.
Irvin spoke at Rutledge’s press conference, saying: “Let me just tell you about the difference between a male and a female,” Irvin said. “We all know there are differences. There are biological and scientific differences … and the message is really, really clear. The message is for girls, ‘you deserve equal opportunities, except in sports.’ That’s not acceptable.”