MAY 16, 2023

Attorney General Alan Wilson fights to protect women's sports

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) – Attorney General Alan Wilson is fighting back against the Biden Administration’s latest proposed rule change to Title IX that would threaten women’s sports and critical protections.

Attorney General Wilson led a letter signed and supported by State Superintendent of Education Ellen Weaver, Senate President Thomas Alexander, House Speaker Murrell Smith, Senate Education Chairman Greg Hembree, and House Education Chairman Representative Shannon Erickson pushing back against the U.S. Department of Education’s latest proposed changes to Title IX. The letter shares just some of the many examples where South Carolina women are leading the country in sports and athletic performance.

“Title IX exists to protect women and provide them with an equal opportunity to compete in sports. The fact that this right is being threatened is very concerning. This office will use every resource at our disposal to defend the rule of law and fight back to protect women’s sports,” said Attorney General Alan Wilson. “As a dad of a teenage daughter, I want her to have the opportunity to compete safely and fairly, without worrying about the deck being stacked against her. The positive outcomes women and girls experience from playing sports is dependent on their ability to compete against other biological females.” 

The letter argues the Biden Administration’s latest “proposed rule ignores these realities and instead purports to adopt a case-by-case approach to maintaining sex-separated sports teams. In addition to imposing a potentially unworkable and vague standard, this approach threatens the real and meaningful gains experienced by women and girls since Title IX was enacted.”

Attorney General Wilson is part of seven different letters pushing back against the latest efforts to distort Title IX.

Read the South Carolina focused letter here.

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