Nikki Haley Says Biden's Executive Order On Transgender Athletics Is an Attack On Women's Rights

Matt Lillywhite

President Biden has signed a series of executive orders since taking office on Jan. 20, one of which aims to eliminate prejudice based on gender identification or sexual preference and restricting federal government discrimination in the workplace.

The former governor of South Carolina and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is now speaking out after Biden signed an executive order on the first day of his presidency saying that "children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports."

Haley, a Republican, wrote Monday for the National Analysis, "Across the sporting world, the game is being rigged against women and in favor of biological men. President Biden is the latest man to do the rigging, which is strange coming from someone billed as a defender of women."

"In one of his first acts as president, he signed an executive order paving the way for a federal mandate that all schools receiving federal funding let biological men play on women's sports teams," Haley said. "The order was framed as a matter of transgender rights. But really, it was an attack on women's rights."

She continued to write that "generations of women fought hard to ensure a level playing field for their daughters and granddaughters because girls demand the same ability to play sports as boys."

"Transgender kids deserve support and respect. The fact remains, however, that biological boys and girls are built differently" and "the best male athletes have a natural advantage over the best female athletes."

"Men's sports are unlikely to be affected, but if they were, you'd bet the boys would be up in arms," she added. "They should be anyway, standing in solidarity with their wives and girlfriends and daughters and classmates."

President Biden's executive order, which contains the terminology of children and school activities, emphasizes "Preventing and Combating Discrimination based on Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation."

The order states that, "Every person should be treated with respect and dignity and should be able to live without fear, no matter who they are or whom they love. Children should be able to learn without wondering if entry to the bathroom, the dressing room, or school activities would be refused. Adults should be able to make a living and follow a vocation believing that regardless of whom they go home or because how they dress would not adhere to sex-based expectations, they will not be shot, degraded, or mistreated."

"People should be able to access healthcare and secure a roof over their heads without being subjected to sex discrimination," the order says. "All persons should receive equal treatment under the law, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation."

The order clearly indicates that by Title IX, the Justice Department will implement it—and schools that do not comply will potentially lose funding.

Last year, transgender athletics in schools was a popular subject of controversy after seventeen states passed legislation to prohibit students' inclusion in their gender-assigned sports at birth. But the bills struggled to gather traction, as in Idaho, just one became legislation. However, the Trump administration backed the ban following a complaint by the American Civil Liberties Union, a federal judge partially prevented its enforcement.

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