White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended President Biden’s executive order calling on the country’s schools to allow students to play sports based on their chosen gender identity.
Asked by reporters on Tuesday what Biden was saying to school officials about resolving disputes over transgender and cisexual girls, particularly for university scholarships, Psaki said, “the president believes that transgender rights are human rights.”
“And that’s why he signed this execution order,” she said. “And as for the decisions of universities and colleges, I would definitely postpone them.”
NIKKI HALEY CALLS ON BIDEN’S IMPLEMENTATION OF THE “ATTACK ON WOMEN’S RIGHTS” About transgender athletics.
The implementing ordinance, signed the day after Biden took office on Jan. 21, reappeared after a rigorous interrogation of Education Minister-designate Miguel Cardona during Senator Rand Paul’s confirmatory hearing last week, R-Ky.
Paul argued that allowing transgender girls, who were born men but identified as women, to participate in women’s sports “would completely destroy girls’ athletics ”by depriving women athletes of the opportunity to compete fairly and obtain scholarships.
“I believe it is the legal responsibility of schools to provide opportunities for students to participate in activities, including transgender students,” he told Cardona Paul during the hearing.
Numerous lawsuits have sprung up across the country after high school girls attacked policies that allow transgender women to compete in their own fields – pointing out the physical benefits of transgender females over cisexual females, girls who are born and identify as women.
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In his executive order, Biden said: “Children need to be able to learn without having to worry about being denied entry to the restroom, locker room or school sports.”
But the administration has given no direction on how public schools should deal with tough questions about what might be considered fair to high school athletes – something Nikki Haley, a former U.S. ambassador to the United States, has voiced.
“Across the sports world, the game is being turned for the benefit of women and biological men,” the South Carolina Republican wrote in Monday’s National Review. “President Biden is the last man to complete the rigging, which is strange because someone is billed as a defender of women.”
“Generations of women have struggled hard to have a level playing field for their daughters and grandchildren because girls deserve the same opportunities as boys to play sports,” she said. Adding that “transgender children deserve support and respect” but “however, the fact remains that biological boys and girls are structured differently” and “the best male athletes have a natural advantage over the best female athletes “.
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During Cardona’s confirmatory hearing, he acknowledged the “challenge” around the topic and told senators he “waited” to work with them to discuss this sensitive issue.
Ronn Blitzer and Greg Norman contributed to the report.