Protecting Girls’ Sports

Written by Clint Elliott

Protecting Girls Sports

In the last few years, many state legislatures have passed legislation to protect children from harmful government intervention while protecting parents’ constitutional rights in the care, custody, and control of their children. Yet these efforts have been met with contempt by the current administration in Washington D.C. which continues to push a radical agenda to indoctrinate our children and grandchildren.

For example, in 2022, the Kentucky General Assembly passed the Save Women’s Sports Act. However, as indicated in the Department of Education’s recent notice of proposed rulemaking dated April 13, 2023 (“NPRM”), the Biden Administration seeks to eviscerate Kentucky’s rights under the 10th Amendment and our parental rights under the 14th Amendment in one fell swoop. Through this NPRM, the President proposes to allow an avenue for biological boys who chose to identify as girls to rob girls of opportunities on sports teams at public schools. This proposal represents the exact scenario Kentucky legislators stood against last year. Such federal overreach not only belies scientific reality but could expose girls to sexual exploitation in the privacy of their bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms at school.

Protecting Girls is rooted in the Book of Genesis

At the Justice Defense Foundation of Kentucky, we believe this issue highlights the importance of biblical truth and justice. For example, in her thoughtful book The Genesis of Gender, Abigail Favale rightly reminds us how Jesus views gender:

[Jesus] appeals to cosmology, to the sacred narratives of Genesis that give an account of our identity and purpose as human beings. Genesis still speaks the truth about men and women, about who we are created to be. . . . He turns our eyes back toward Genesis and urges us, with divine help, to reclaim the goodness of the created order, the gift of our bodies and the earth, and to cultivate anew a dynamic of reciprocity between the sexes.1

In this way, Jesus exalts the dignity and value of every individual. Indeed, at a time in the 1st Century when the government and the culture viewed women as the lesser gender, Jesus championed the worth of women as wonderfully created according to God’s good design. For that reason, we stand with you to champion the rights, value, and dignity of women and girls in our Commonwealth.

Please read the NPRM2 for yourself and note that it allows submission of public comments by May 15, 2023, in response to the proposed regulatory change.

1 Favale, A. (2022). The Genesis of Gender: A Christian Theory. Ignatius Press, p. 50.

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