GA Senate Bill to Ban Transgender Athletes from Girls’ Athletic Advances
GEORGIA — The Georgian Senate has voted in favor of a bill banning transgender athletes from participating in girls’ school sports.
Senate Bill 435, sponsored by Sen. Marty Harbin (R-Tyrone), would ban biological men from participating in sports programs at public and private schools for biological women.
The only exception to this would be if no equivalent sport existed for men, according to the bill.
“The General Assembly believes that the protection of women from harm and the preservation of fairness in sport are important interests of the State,” said part of The law project bed. “The intention of the General Assembly is to ensure that women have equal and secure opportunities to succeed in sport.”
Despite Sen. Sally Harrell’s (D-Atlanta) efforts to introduce the bill often called the “Save Girls’ Sports Act,” lawmakers approved it Thursday by a vote of 34 to 22. No Democrats backed the bill. of law, including Harrell.
“The bill before us was sloppy and premature,” Harrell told Facebook. “And I knew there were a lot of kids who identified as gender non-conforming listeners. So I went to the well and said, ‘I’m the mother of a trans kid, and I want let it stop. “”
“I failed to change Republican votes, but hopefully their hearts changed at least a little,” she continued. “I will continue to speak the truth, speak out against evil, and while I’m at it, I’ll use my position to do some good things.”
Sen. Michelle Au (D-Johns Creek), who is also a physician, voted against the bill.
“A lot of these bills don’t seem to understand the difference between biological sex and gender,” she said. tweeted. “Trans athletes are asking to participate in same-sex sports programs. So think about what you’re talking about before, you know, writing it into law.”
Meanwhile, the Georgia Senate has said it’s not fair to force girls to compete against biological men.
“Nor is it fair to expect young girls to face tremendous social pressure if they stand up for fairness,” the Georgia Senate said. tweeted.
The bill is now heading to the Georgia House for review.