Rep. Wheeler Leads Bill to Protect Girls' Sports Through Iowa House
Today, Representative Skyler Wheeler (R-Orange City) led House File 2416 - a bill to protect girls' sports - to passage through the Iowa House.
HF 2416 allows only biological females to compete in girls' sports. The bill uses an individual's original birth certificate to determine their biological sex.
"This is not about discrimination, it's about protection," said Wheeler. "This bill is to ensure that girls continue to have a level playing field in athletics and that they don't lose out on varsity letters, scholarships, championships, and all the skills and life lessons that come with playing a sport. It's simple. Girls shouldn't be sidelined in their own sports."
Speaker Pat Grassley (R-New Hartford) praised the bill passing through the House chamber.
"With two daughters in sports, I am so often approached by parents concerned with protecting girls' sports," Grassley said. "The purpose of this legislation is to protect girls’ opportunity to participate in sports and gain all of the important life skills that come with that experience. I was glad to see it pass the Iowa House tonight."
HF 2416 passed the Iowa House 55-39.