(PresidentialWire.com)- President Joe Biden has attempted to provide equal protections to transgender people, but one prominent Republican feels that he has gone a little too far.
Nikki Haley, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and former governor of South Carolina, wrote a column on Monday that said Biden’s order is an “attack on women’s rights.”
Haley specifically targeted Biden’s executive order that called on schools to allow transgender students to participate in the sport that matches their gender identity. His executive order, issued on his first day in the White House, said “children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room or school sports.”
But, Haley took particular exception to that last part of Biden’s statement. She wrote in her column for the National Review:
“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. The order was framed as a matter of transgender rights. But, really, it was an attack on women’s rights.”
Haley wasn’t attacking transgender rights, or Biden’s push to extend them. She was, however, pointing out that biological boys — no matter how they identify as a gender — “are built differently” than biological girls.
“The best male athletes have a natural advantage over the best female athletes,” Haley wrote.
That’s the issue at hand here — not that transgender students don’t deserve equal rights; it’s that allowing them to choose the sport to play would be a major disadvantage to girls. As Haley wrote:
“Men’s sports are unlikely to be affected, but if they were, you’d bet the boys would be up in arms. They should be anyway, standing in solidarity with their wives and girlfriends and daughters and classmates.”
Biden’s executive order signaled that the Department of Justice is going to enforce his outline through Title IX. Schools that don’t comply with the order would, then, be at risk of losing federal funding they currently receive.
The order read, in part:
“People should be able to access healthcare and secure a roof over their heads without being subjected to sex discrimination. All persons should receive equal treatment under the law, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation.”
Last year, 17 different states introduced bills that would restrict the participation of athletes to sports of the gender that was assigned to them at birth. Only one of those states actually passed that law, though — Idaho.
The Trump administration supported those bills. A federal judge blocked the implementation of them following a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, though.
Biden’s executive order is noble in nature, but the directive on sports seems to many a little out of place.