For Immediate Release: June 21, 2022
Contact: Ryan Hite, Communications Director
Washington, D.C.: “Men and women are different, even if a man starts saying he’s a woman,” said Ed Martin, President of the Phyllis Schlafly Eagles. “Despite this widely held, biological truth, mediocre male athletes are supposedly ‘transitioning’ late in young adulthood and subsequently dominating girls’ sports divisions. In response to the outcry over one particular NCAA swimmer, the global governance bodies over women’s swimming and women’s rugby have both announced they are bringing the rules back to sanity, but only a little bit.
“The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has now banned transgender athletes who transitioned after the age of 12, or after the beginning of puberty. Likewise, the International Cycling Union and International Rugby League have also recently passed similar regulations against transgender athletes. Rightly so, they recognize that experiencing puberty as a man gives distinct physical advantages to an individual that will never be considered fair when compared to a post-pubescent female.
“However, while this ruling is good for the women of today,” Martin continued, “it leaves the door wide open for the radical transgender ideologists to push hormone therapies and surgical procedures for younger and younger kids. We need total bans, not exceptions only for those who are prepubescent. Let us take this victory and keep running with it, not rest on our laurels and call the issue closed. This battle is far from over to save girls’ sports!”