Republicans can’t save women’s sports from Transgender Girls

Republicans aren't saving women's sports from Transgender girls as they say. Politifact rated that claim mostly false, cherrypicked, and deceptive.

Sen. Roger Marshall
Sen. Roger Marshall (R)

Republicans aren’t saving women’s sports from Transgender girls as they say. Politifact rated that claim mostly false, cherrypicked, and deceptive.

If that was true, Republican lawmakers would be able to cite multiple times when transgender teens won state championships but they can’t, and there is a reason.

You may recall that President Biden signed an executive order outlining his administration’s stance on transgender rights? It made no mention of sports.

Sen. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., argued in a Fox News op-ed that Biden’s order would “destroy women’s sports,” because “letting biological boys compete in biological girls’ high school and college sports” would give them an unfair advantage.

The Kansas State High School Activities Association, which oversees sports and other activities in K-12 schools, told the AP that it has been notified of five transgender students who are active in middle school or high school activities. The association does not track the individual students’ performance, and there’s no record of a transgender athlete winning a championship.

Marshall added that hormone treatment doesn’t level the playing field, citing a 2020 study of adults in the military as evidence.

“A recent study by the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests that even after two years of hormone therapy, biological boys still maintain significant advantages over girls, including being 12% faster on the 1.5-mile run,” wrote Marshall, a former OB/GYN in Kansas.

12% faster.

PolitiFact decided to take a closer look at Marshall’s characterization of the study. They found that he cherry-picked the study’s findings and misrepresented its conclusions about the effect of hormone treatment. One of the study’s authors told us that he left out important context by focusing on just the speed test.

On strength tests, based on push-ups and sit-ups performed in one minute, the advantage for transgender women completely disappeared after two years.

The study that Marshall based his reasoning on involved fully transitioned men and women, a total of 75 soldiers to be exact.

The State of Kansas like most other republican lead states has bills in the works to keep minors from being prescribed hormone blockers! At that age, it would be unethical to prescribe Hormones.

However, Marshal’s argument makes a good talking point in favor of transgender military service.

It would be truthful to say that if trained fit transgender servicemembers women competed against teens they would destroy interscholastic girls’ sports. And it would be correct to cite that study of 46 trans women and 29 trans men in arguments against banning transgender soldiers.

Who is Sen. Roger Marshall?

Marshall is among the Republican legislators who, by calling for entire states to be disenfranchised in the 2020 presidential election, fomented the terrorist attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, that aimed to prevent the determination of the next president of the United States.

Shortly after the 2020 election, Marshall joined a case before the Supreme Court calling for all the votes for president in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — states that were narrowly won by Democrats — to be discounted, claiming that some voters there followed procedures set by the wrong state officials. The case amplified lies and conspiracy theories that fueled the movement that led to the attack on the Capitol. The Supreme Court rejected the case. Following the rejection of several cases before the Supreme Court, one legislator called for violence. In the days leading up to January 6, Marshall had announced his intent to object on that day to the inclusion of some states in the count of electors that determines the next president, disenfranchising millions of voters based on lies, conspiracy theories, and preposterous legal theories all falsely claiming various sorts of mass fraud that did not occur. The announcement amplified the message that inspired the attack on the Capitol. On January 6, 2021 in the hours after the attack on the Capitol, Marshall voted for the exclusion of Arizona and/or Pennsylvania — states narrowly won by Democrats — from the count of Electoral College votes that determined the next President of the United States.

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Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender