Wolf Vetoes Protect Women’s Sport Act

Governor Tom Wolf vetoed House Bill 972 on Friday. The bill would designate sports activities in public institutions of higher education and public school to be expressly designated male, female or coed.

The bill’s memorandum said, “Having separate biologically-specific teams, which Title IX protects, furthers efforts to promote women’s equality. Biologically-specific teams accomplish this by providing opportunities for female athletes to demonstrate their skill, strength, and athletic abilities while also providing them with opportunities to obtain recognition and accolades, college scholarships, and the numerous other long-term benefits that flow from success in athletic endeavors.”

Governor Wolfs Remarks

“I have been crystal clear during my time in office that hate has no place in Pennsylvania, especially discrimination against already marginalized youth representing less than half of 1 percent of Pennsylvania’s population,” said Gov. Wolf.

“The fact that this bill passed through Pennsylvania’s Republican-led General Assembly solely to bully and oppress vulnerable children is atrocious. These members should be ashamed of themselves for proposing and voting on policies that are ​discriminatory, unnecessary, and incredibly harmful.”

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Lowering suicide risk

It was cited that legislation like this negatively impacts the mental well-being of transgender and nonbinary youth, of which one in five attempted suicide last year. Schools that affirm gender identity have reported lower rates of suicide attempts.

“My administration is committed to supporting transgender individuals and ensuring Pennsylvania is an inclusive place for everyone,” Gov. Wolf said. “To the LGBTQ+ community in Pennsylvania and especially to our transgender and nonbinary youth and young people: I see you, I support you, I respect you, and I stand with you.”

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