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SC lawmakers to debate bill banning transgender women from playing women’s sports

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) – A bill that would ban transgender women from playing on women’s sports teams is set to be debated in the House Judiciary subcommittee Tuesday.

The “Save Women’s Sports Act” or H3477 would make it state law that only people born with female anatomy can play on a women’s middle or high school-level sports team.

Rep. Ashley Trantham, R-Greenville, who is the primary sponsor of the bill said trans women competing on a woman’s team would be, “absolutely taking opportunities away from women.”

While an opponent of this bill, Campaign for Southern Equality Community Director Ivy Hill called it, “dehumanizing.”

Trantham said the fight for this bill came after the Biden administration signed an executive order calling for transgender people to be able to compete on any sports team they want.

The executive order writes, “Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports,” according to the White House website.

Trantham also said the South Carolina High School Sports League put out a memo making a similar statement in 2016. The SCHSL did not respond to the request for comments at the time of publication.

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