North Carolina Legislature Introduces Bill To Ban Biological Males From Women’s Sports
The North Carolina State Legislature introduced a bill that would ban biological males from competing against biological females in women’s sports.
House Bill 358, also known as the Save Women’s Sports Act, or House Bill 358, was filed by North Carolina state Reps. Mark Brody, Pat McElraft, Diane Wheatley, and Jimmy Dixon. The bill was created to “to ensure that women are not forced to compete against men playing on women’s sports teams.”
Referencing the “inherent difference between men and women,” the bill explains why biological males have an obvious advantage against women athletically.
The bill says in part:
Whereas, the benefits that natural testosterone provides to male athletes are not diminished through the use of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones. A recent study on the impact of such treatments found that policies like those of the International Olympic Committee that require biological males to undergo at least one year of testosterone suppression before competing in women’s sports do not create a level playing field. “[T]he reduction in testosterone levels required by many sports federation transgender policies is insufficient to remove or reduce the male advantage by any meaningful degree.”
For example, “the muscle mass advantage males possess over females, and potentially the performance implications thereof, are not removed by 12 months of testosterone suppression.” Instead, the study concluded that “The data presented here demonstrate that the male physical performance advantage over females, attributed to superior anthropometric and muscle mass/strength parameters achieved at puberty, is not removed by the current regimen of testosterone suppression permitting participation of transgender women in female sports categories. Rather, it appears that the male performance advantage is largely retained by transgender women and thus remains substantial.”
North Carolina joins with twenty-six other legislatures that have introduced bills that protect the integrity of women’s sports.