Texas Senate Committee Passes Save Women’s Sports Bill During Second Special Session

AUSTIN, Texas – This week, the Texas Senate Committee on Health and Human Services heard and passed Senate Bill (S.B.) 2, the Save Women’s Sports bill, on vote of 5-2.  S.B. 2 prohibits biological males from competing in University Interscholastic League (UIL) sports for middle schools and high schools.  The same Senate committee also passed S.B. 4, a bill to restrict and regulate chemical abortion drugs in the State of Texas.  S.B. 4 also passed the committee 5-2. 

Due to Texas House Democrats fleeing the state to avoid voting for election integrity and other issues, the first session ended without quorum in the House and Governor Abbott subsequently called a second special session on Saturday. S.B. 2 is an identical bill to S.B. 29 from the last session. Jade Dickens, a female powerlifter, and other female athletes will testify at the hearing.

Mary Elizabeth Castle, Senior Policy Advisor for Texas Values said: 

“Women have worked hard for equal opportunities in so many areas of life.  S.B. 2 protects fair play in girls’ sports.  Allowing biological males to play on girls’ sports teams obliterates women’s sports.  No girl should have to lose to a biological male playing on a women’s team.”

This bill defends the rights of women not to be forced to compete against biological males in women’s sports.  Women have fought for a right to equal opportunities, including equal opportunities in sports.  Title IX was designed to stop discrimination and create equal athletic opportunities for women.  This bill recognizes and protects the advances that have been made in the last 50 years for women. The Texas Senate successfully passed two bills on the issue of fair play in the first special session that began July 8th.

Governor Greg Abbott announced a second Special Session after the Texas House failed to pass any legislation before the last day of the first special session. The new Special Session began on Saturday, August 7 at noon. 

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As the President and Publisher of Katy and Fort Bend Christian Magazines, Joe Menslage is committed to covering social and political news from a Christian worldview. He founded Katy Christian Magazine in 2005, which swept the greater Houston and Katy areas like a storm. That’s when Joe realized the urgent need for publications willing to give voices to the voiceless, without political correctness or censorship. Joe Menslage founded sister-publication Fort Bend Christian Magazine in 2014. Prior to creating Katy Christian Magazine, Joe Menslage led a colorful life. He was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, spent a great deal of his childhood in Colorado, and lived in a couple of other states before he moved to Houston in 1981. Joe was God-gifted with an entrepreneurial mind, and self-started other business ventures before he found his calling. In Joe’s words, our innate talents are given by the Lord, and are meant to be used to serve the Lord. Aside from being a President and Publisher, Joe Menslage is also the co-founder of Katy Christian Chamber of Commerce, where Christians can network, build business connections, listen to passionate speakers, and enjoy monthly breakfasts and lunches. Joe Menslage also hosts a weekly political satire YouTube channel. Joe Menslage has four children. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, watching zombie movies and K dramas, ax-throwing and Krav Maga.