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US strengthens women’s sport protections – Thorpe rallies against them

23 November 2022

11:31 AM

23 November 2022

11:31 AM

In a landmark ruling last week, a US federal court has rejected the Biden administration’s bid to redefine ‘sex’ to include ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identity’ in federal law.

The ruling protects both female athletes from being forced to compete against biological males, and health professionals from being forced to perform harmful gender-transitioning treatments or surgeries.

The key statute under consideration by the court was Title IX, a US federal law that was enacted as part of the Education Amendments of 1972, and prohibits sex-based discrimination in educational institutions that receive funding from the federal government.

‘Title IX expressly allows sex distinctions and sometimes even...

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