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@EdWorkforceCmte Advances Bills Protecting Women’s Sports and Parental Rights

WASHINGTON – Today, the Education and the Workforce Committee passed two bills to help empower parents, students, and women: H.R. 734, the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2023, and H.R. 5, the Parents Bill of Rights Act.

On the passage of H.R. 734, Chairwoman Foxx said: “We have seen what happens when biological males are allowed to compete in women’s sports: women are deprived of an equal playing field and stripped of opportunities to succeed in sports to which they dedicated their entire lives. Passing the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act is an important step in upholding the decades of progress made by women since the enactment of Title IX. Progressives are pushing a gender-bending agenda that erodes this progress and ignores science, but Committee Republicans are firm in our commitment to protecting—and cultivating—opportunities for women to succeed.”

On the passage of H.R. 5, Chairwoman Foxx said: “The Parents Bill of Rights Act reaffirms the rights of parents to ensure the success and well-being of their child while at school. For too long, parents were kept in the dark about what was happening in the classroom. When kitchen tables became classrooms and parents spoke out about what was actually being taught, they were silenced or ignored by teachers unions and education bureaucrats; the Secretary of Education even solicited a letter to brand these parents as domestic terrorists. That kind of insanity ends with this bill. Parents will finally be empowered to examine classroom curricula and protect the safety and privacy of their children without fear of being targeted by the federal government.”

H.R. 734, the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2023:

  • Clarifies that a recipient of federal education funding violates Title IX’s prohibition against sex discrimination if the recipient operates, sponsors, or facilitates athletic programs or activities and allows a person whose sex is male to participate in an athletic program or activity that is designated for women or girls.
  • States that sex in the athletic context must be recognized based only on a person’s reproductive biology and genetics at birth.
  • Clarifies that the bill’s provisions do not prohibit schools or institutions from permitting males to practice against women’s sports teams, protecting the long-standing routine of some women’s athletic programs of practicing or scrimmaging against males.

H.R. 5., the Parents Bill of Rights Act:

  • Ensures parents’ right to know what their children are being taught.
  • Protects parents’ right to be heard.
  • Defends parents’ right to see the school budget and spending.
  • Affirms parents’ right to protect their child’s privacy.
  • Secures parents’ right to keep their children safe.


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