Today, we celebrate as two of the 2022 Kentucky General Assembly’s biggest pro-family victories go into effect as law.
The Save Women’s Sports Act (SB 83), which overwhelmingly passed 29-8 in the Senate and 72-23 in the House over Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear’s (D) veto, is the commonsense law ensuring fairness and equality for women in sports by ensuring they are not forced to compete against biological males.
Biology matters, especially in sports – it is a scientific fact that males have physiological advantages over women.
Thankfully, 18 states have enacted legislation to save women’s sports – Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia.
But Congress must act to ensure that every woman and girl in America have the fair opportunities that Title IX guarantees them. Alarmingly, the Biden administration is attempting to redefine sex in Title IX, essentially erasing women on the 50th anniversary of the landmark gain in equality for women.
The Church is Essential Act (HB 43) acknowledged churches as essential to the wellbeing of our communities and ensures that emergency powers will never again be used to target the Commonwealth’s churches for worse treatment than given to other essential businesses and organizations.
During the public health emergency declared due to COVID-19, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear (D) used his emergency powers to close church doors and punish violators with public shaming, threatening notices, and forced home “quarantining.” All of this took place while casinos, liquor stores, and abortion mills were able to continue operating for profit.
Responding to Beshear’s abuse of power, the courts repeatedly rebuked him and the Kentucky General Assembly overwhelmingly passed the Church is Essential Act; 30-7 in the Senate and 83-12 in the House.
Apparently recognizing just how wrong his actions were, Beshear signed the Church is Essential Act into law, prohibiting him and future governors from repeating his abuse of power and religious discrimination.
There is more work to be done and the Kentucky Supreme Court has allowed a single activist judge to halt Kentucky’s Human Life Protection Act, which prohibits all abortions except to save the life of the mother, but today we celebrate the victories – Kentucky’s women and communities are better for these bills becoming law.