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Earlier this month, TIME magazine named U.S. women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe as its 2023 “Woman of the Year.” Rapinoe is certainly controversial, but I admire her amazing skill and share her love for her “beautiful game.”
This beautiful game was like my breath growing up. He kicked a soccer ball for the first time when he was three years old and soon started playing his game of pick-me-up football with his siblings. By the end of high school, he had made two appearances at state championships and dreamed of playing in college. A football scholarship at West Virginia State University made it possible.
While playing at WVSU, I started hearing stories of male athletes competing in women’s sports. Track and field athletes at Connecticut’s elite high schools had lost dozens of opportunities to compete and win medals when the state’s Athletic Association changed rules to allow boys to compete on women’s teams. . I discovered that this trend was not confined to high school or Connecticut: I was appalled to see a woman sidelined in her sport, and impressed by her courageous fight for justice. received.
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Then I heard about and enthusiastically supported West Virginia’s new law, the Save Women’s Sports Act (HB 3293). When she learned the law was being contested in court, she made the tough decision to step out of the sidelines and join the lawsuit to defend women’s track and field.
I am disappointed that protecting women’s sports is considered controversial. I have played a lot of friendly pick-up soccer with everyone. Most males are stronger, faster and larger than females. They run faster, kick the ball harder, and foul with more force. WVSU Women’s Soccer As captain of her team, she watched her teammates suffer from concussions, knee and ankle injuries. These injuries are common in football, but it’s a risk you agree to take when playing against other women.
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Allowing men to participate in our sport would be devastating to our game, morale, and safety. I was relieved. After seven months of reviewing the facts (over 3,000 pages of testimony and expert reports combined), the court upheld West Virginia law and affirmed common sense. Men, on average, are more athletic than women because of the inherent physical differences between the sexes. ”
Just last month, I was shocked to learn that the Fourth Circuit overturned the lower court’s decision after only five days of reviewing the facts and arguments. And the Fourth Circuit provided no reason, legitimate or otherwise, to do so.
Therefore, with the help of my attorneys at Alliance Defending Freedom, and with the Attorney General of West Virginia, I am appealing this decision to the United States Supreme Court, seeking permission to allow West Virginia’s laws to take effect again. I’m here. The law only recognizes that biological differences between men and women are important in athletics. This is a common sense position consistent with the US Constitution, Title IX, and reality.
As captain of the WVSU women’s soccer team, I watched my teammates suffer from concussions, knee and ankle injuries. These injuries are common in football, but it’s a risk she agreed to take when playing against other women.
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I think it’s a women’s rights issue to protect fairness in women’s sport. This isn’t just about keeping my former teammates safe, but it’s obviously important to me. And when I do have a daughter, I want to ensure that she and her peers are not discriminated against and have equal access to the same sporting opportunities that have shaped my life.
When asked about playing at the World Cup this summer, Rapinoe said, “I want our team to feel confident, confident and just who we are.” I want to win,” he continued. I feel the same way, and I think other female athletes in West Virginia do the same. Worth it. By upholding West Her Virginia law, we can.