In 2014, female MMA fighter Tamikka Brents lost a bout to her opponent, Fallon Fox.
In the first round, Tamikka was flat on her back, taking blow after blow while blood drenched the canvas underneath her. “ [Fox’s] grip was different. I could usually move around in the clinch... but couldn't move at all in Fox's clinch...”
She suffered a concussion, an orbital bone fracture, and ended up with seven staples in her head.
Fallon Fox was just too strong.
Fallon Fox is also a male. Fox underwent “gender reassignment” surgery in 2006, yet was still allowed to fight in the female category.
If common sense weren’t enough, science is pretty clear on the distinct physiological differences between men and women. That should lead one to believe a male should never end up in the octagon, on the court, on the track, in the ring, on the pitch, or anywhere else that an insurmountable physical advantage could endanger not only women’s equal educational and athletic opportunities, but also their health and safety.
So, you can imagine brows furrowing across the nation when President Joe Biden released his “ Memorandum on Restoring Trust in Government Through Scientific Integrity and Evidence-Based Policymaking," after seven days earlier issuing an executive order proclaiming that males who identify as females should have access to “restrooms[s], locker room[s], and school sports” according to their professed gender identity.
Here are a few highlights...
“It is the policy of my Administration to make evidence-based decisions guided by the best available science and data.”
“Scientific and technological information, data, and evidence are central to the development and iterative improvement of sound policies, and to the delivery of equitable programs, across every area of government.”
“Scientific findings should never be distorted or influenced by political considerations.”
You’ll forgive female athletes like Selina Soule, Chelsea Mitchell, and Alanna Smith if they seem a little confused.
A Connecticut state athletic association policy permits male athletes who identify as females to compete on high school girls’ athletic teams. Under this policy, two male athletes in the state won 15 track & field championship titles and over 85 chances to advance to higher levels of competition that should have gone to females.
Madison Kenyon and Mary Kate Marshall might be equally perplexed.
At the NCAA Division I Big Sky Conference Track & Field championships last year, they watched a male athlete who was permitted to compete against the women—after competing on the men’s team for three years— demolish the competition in the women’s mile.
“Finished. Done,” Olympic track & field coach Linda Blane said when asked what President Biden’s order means for women’s sports. “The leadership skills, all the benefits society gets from letting girls have their protected category so that competition can be fair, all the advances of women’s rights—that’s going to be diminished.”
These same “scientific findings” that are supposedly not “distorted or influenced by political considerations” pose a danger well beyond athletic competition.
Federal agencies could mandate that schools with sex-specific facilities for girls—locker rooms, showers, and restrooms—open those spaces to males who identify as females. If these schools refused, choosing instead to find a solution that protected the privacy of all of their students, they would lose their federal funding.
Similar “evidence-based decisions guided by the best available science and data” allowed Tamikka Brents to fight an opponent who was male and therefore had numerous physical advantages, including greater punching power, less fat mass, higher tendon stiffness, and higher cardiovascular capacity.
“I can only say, I’ve never felt so overpowered ever in my life...”
A political agenda should never trump God-given biological realities or the health and safety of women. And if it does, you can rest assured that ADF will be there to stand up for their rights—all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary.
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