The Ohio bill, which calls for student athletes to undergo genital testing if they question their gender, will be changed to eliminate that requirement, the state Senate president said.
The bill, HB151, is intended to ensure equal opportunities for male and female student athletes and states that members of the opposite sex will not be allowed to participate in single-sex competitions. In the event that someone disputes whether a competitor is of the correct gender, the student is required to provide confirmation in the form of a doctor’s note based on their “internal and external reproductive anatomy”, as well as their testosterone levels and genetics. Decoration.
“I’m not sure why it’s on the bill, it’s unnecessary,” state Senate President Matt Huffman said of the need for a genital examination. “All these tests can be done with a simple DNA cleaner.”
Huffman raised the issue after a question and answer session of the City Club of Cleveland event featuring former US Secretary of Education Betsy Divos.
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Huffman said the Ohio House had passed the bill “without consulting any senator” and that it would not be passed in its current form. The genital mutilation rule “is a highlight that a lot of people like to talk about because it annoys a lot of people … it’s not necessary, it’s not happening,” he said.
Huffman agreed that the issue of sex and athletics in Bucky State needed to be addressed, and that the State Senate would do so.
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The bill came up in conversation when a member of the audience asked Divo for her position on the need for inspection. Former Secretary of State Huffman has been asked to resign, but she has not yet commented on the issue.
“We are protecting the abilities of all women who compete as women athletes in sports and see to it that they do not compromise for the future,” she said.
Whether transgender athletes should be allowed to compete with the gender they identify with or stay within their gender at birth has become a hot button issue internationally, not just in school sports. FINA, the governing body of international swimming, on Monday unveiled new policies to address the issue.
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Under the new “Gender Inclusion Policy” only swimmers who have become women under the age of 12 will be allowed to compete in women’s events.
There is also a proposal for a new “open competition policy”. The company said it was setting up a “new working group that will spend the next six months looking for the most effective ways to set up this new category.”
Ryan Gados of Fox News contributed to this report.