Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley says President Joe Biden’s executive order that will allow transgenders to participate in sports is an “attack on women’s rights.”
In an opinion piece for the National Review, Haley wrote that Biden’s order would pave the way for a federal mandate “that all schools receiving federal funding let biological men play on women’s sports teams.”
“The order was framed as a matter of transgender rights. But really, it was an attack on women’s rights,” she added.
Haley says transgender kids “deserve support and respect,” but “biological boys and girls are built differently.”
Transgender kids deserve support and respect. The fact remains, however, that biological boys and girls are built differently. The best male athletes have a natural advantage over the best female athletes. You have to ignore science not to see it.
The world’s fastest female sprinter has nine Olympics medals, but nearly 300 high-school boys are still faster than her. In states where biological boys compete against girls, the girls almost always lose — not just the match, but also possible college scholarships and a lifetime of success in their favorite sport.
Their chance to shine is being stolen.
Biden’s January 21 order says “children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports” and calls for equal treatment “regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.”
The White House, in a statement to USA Today, said the order “does not tie an education institution’s federal funding to allowing biological male athletes access to women’s sports teams and scholarships, just that it mandates all students, including transgender students, be able to learn without facing sex discrimination, and as part of that, transgender women should compete on female teams,” according to the statement.
Many agree that it would be a disaster to treat men and women as if they have no differences.
We are different and those differences should be celebrated and protected.
But Biden’s order, as Haley argued, could severely damage — or even end — women’s sports.