News Analysis May 20, 2021 12:30 PM EST

Texas lawmakers push to protect children from transgender medical agenda and to save women's sports

Texas lawmakers are working overtime to prevent the transgender agenda from influencing sports and medicine days before the legislative session ends.

Texas lawmakers push to protect children from transgender medical agenda and to save women's sports
Nicole Russell Texas, US
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Some Texas lawmakers are working overtime to prevent the transgender agenda from influencing sports and medicine days before the legislative session ends.

On Tuesday, the Texas Senate re-upped and passed Senate Bill 1311, a bill that would penalize physicians for performing any surgery that "sterilizes" children or who prescribe puberty blockers or other hormone therapies for children under 18 years old. Cross-sex hormones or puberty blockers could have life-altering results on children but are increasing in popularity among among advocates for gender transitioning children.

According to the bill, physicians would have their medical license revoked and could not be covered under liability insurance. The Senate passed the bill in an 18-1. It now heads to the House for consideration.

In mid-April, the Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 29. The bill would require the University Interscholastic League to enforce guidelines that allow legislation aimed at keeping athletics fair for women and girls, by only allowing females to compete against other females. It didn't advance in the House at the time but in early May, a Democrat, Rep. Harold Dutton, brought the bill up again supposedly out of spite towards his own party, which spiked one of his bills.

Local media sources like the Texas Tribune are reporting on these bills with an obvious pro-LGBT bias. A May 17 article includes a disclaimer with hotline numbers readers can phone for LGBT support.

National organizations are similar. The Human Rights Campaign reported about Senate Bill 29 last month and wrote this screed:

"Legislators across the country have failed to provide examples of issues in their states to attempt to justify these attacks on transgender youth, laying bare the reality that they are fueled by discrimination and not supported by fact. Collegiate and professional sports organizations have had trans-inclusive policies for years without incident—in Texas or anywhere else."

This is simply false. There are multiple, documented cases of females losing to biological males—against their wishes. High school runner CeCe Telfer, a biological male who races as a female, "won three titles in the Northeast-10 Championships for women's track, and received the Most Outstanding Track Athlete award."

Softball player Patrick Cordova-Goff "took one of 15 spots on his California high school women's varsity softball team." A lawsuit is percolating in federal court due to two biologically male transgender athletes besting biological girls in Connecticut's state track and field championships. Andraya Yearwood and Terry Miller beat their highly accomplished female peers to take first and second place in multiple events—to the chagrin of other female runners.

The issue is in fact, so common, 32 states have introduced legislation to protect women's sports in 2021 alone. Six states have new laws about this. Texas' legislative session concludes May 31.

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