NEWS & ANALYSIS

‘BACK TO BIOLOGY’: DeSantis Signs Bill to Protect Female Athletes


In another random act of federalism by Human Events’ favorite actor, Ron DeSantis kicked off Pride Month by signing the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act” to protect female athletes from competing against biological males. 

“We believe in the state of Florida, of protecting the fairness and the integrity of women’s athletics,” DeSantis said at a press conference. “And I can tell you this, in Florida, you know, girls are going to play girl’s sports and boys are going to play boy’s sports, that’s what we’re doing. We’re going to make sure that that’s the reality. So the bill that we’re doing today will ensure fairness for women athletes for years to come in the state of Florida. It says that athletic teams or sports that are designated for females are open to females. And we’re going to go back to biology.” 

DeSantis added that the bill defines an athlete’s biological sex based on their official birth certificate at the time of birth. The bill provides women opportunities for scholarships and competition at the highest level, while also vindicating the rights of any women athletes who may be discriminated against. 

“Moving forward, any student who’s deprived of athletic opportunity, as a result of a violation of this law, will have the right to civil remedies,” he said. “Any school or public post secondary institution that suffers direct or indirect harm as a result of a violation of this bill, including by a government entity, accrediting organization or athletic association, can also pursue civil remedies.” 

Also at the presser, DeSantis played a video showing biological males competing against female athletes in high school track levels and winning, noting it’s “blatantly unfair.” 

He also dismissed threats from the NCAA warning against laws that protect females from having to compete against biological males. 

“Some of these organizations say they’re not going to hold events if you do this, just let me say very clearly, in Florida, we’re going to do what’s right, we’ll stand up to corporations, they are not going to dictate the policies in this state,” DeSantis said. “We will stand up to groups like the NCAA, who think that they should be able to dictate the policies in different states.”