Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) introduced a bill with Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) on Thursday that would ban federal funding from organizations that allow biological males to compete in women's sports.
The bill, titled "Protect Women's Sports Act," aims to defend "the sex-based intention of Title IX protections by reaffirming the biological sex-based distinctions between men and women in athletics."
In a press release, Gabbard affirmed the importance of Title IX in providing "equal opportunity for women and girls in high school and college sports," but criticized the way it has been "weakened" by male athletes being allowed to compete in women's sports on the basis of transgender identity.
"Title IX is being weakened by some states who are misinterpreting Title IX, creating uncertainty, undue hardship, and lost opportunities for female athletes," said Gabbard. "Our legislation protects Title IX's original intent, which was based on the general biological distinction between men and women athletes based on sex. It is critical that the legacy of Title IX continues to ensure women and girls in sports have the opportunity to compete and excel on a level playing field."
Mullin also talked about reasserting Title IX's original intent of giving women "an equal chance to succeed."
"Allowing biological males to compete in women's sports diminishes that equality and takes away from the original intent of Title IX," said Mullin. "As the father of three girls involved in athletics, I want them to be able to compete on a level playing field."