Wisconsin bills banning transgender athletes opposed

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Lawmakers in more than 30 states, mostly Republican controlled, have considered sports participation bans, and they’ve become law in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Montana and West Virginia after Idaho enacted one last year. Other states, including Kansas and North Dakota, passed bans only to have them vetoed by the governor.

The Wisconsin bills would allow students to join teams only that correspond to their biological sex as assigned by a doctor at birth, unless the sport is classified as “coed.” It would apply to public and private schools, as well as the University of Wisconsin and technical colleges.

Supporters argue that the bills are designed to address the issue before it becomes a problem. They argue that transgender girls have an unfair physical advantage, and that passing the bill would ensure that girls have a level playing field while preserving competitive achievements and scholarships.

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Female athletes “simply cannot compete with biological males in athletics,” bill backer Republican Rep. Janel Brantdjen said in prepared testimony.

“If we follow the science, the only conclusion we can reach is that males have a tremendous and insurmountable advantage in sports,” Brandtjen said.

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