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Tuberville: ‘One of the best things to ever come out of Congress is Title IX’

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville is once again speaking out against proposed changes to Title IX that he believes will ruin women’s sports.

Tuesday, Tuberville (R-Auburn) was joined by other senators, including Sen. Katie Britt (R-Auburn), in hosting a roundtable discussion on the issue of protecting women athletes.

“One of the best things that’s ever come out of this bill is Title IX,” Tuberville said. “In making equal opportunities, this is not a Republican or Democrat problem. This is an American problem. It’s common sense. And so we’re going to have to plead to our fellow lawmakers on the left to make a common sense decision to save women’s sports.

“If this doesn’t happen, if it continues to go the way it’s going ,we will not have women’s sports.”

The roundtable also included speakers who have been directly affected by this issue, including Cady Mullens who is the parent of a college woman athlete.

“My daughter is a collegiate athlete,” Mullens said. “She is a member of the Roanoke College swim team in Virginia to think that having a man on a women’s team doesn’t affect our young women, is to just ignore an ugly, ugly truth. The healthiest girls are affected dramatically. Our girls were told not to speak up. They were told that they would be labeled (troublemakers) and they would face academic and professional repercussions if they did.”

Tuberville has introduced The Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act that would ban biological males from competing against female athletes.

Britt added to the discussion saying this is about fairness for women in sports.

“I believe this is about fairness and it’s about safety,” she said. “And so many people on both sides of the aisle thought this. I am the only Republican female in the Senate that has school-aged kids, and watching my daughter learn and grow on the court or off of it is truly remarkable.

“And so when you think about that being put in jeopardy, it brings a new light to it.”

Yaffee is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts “The Yaffee Program” Weekdays 9-11am on WVNN. You can follow him on Twitter @Yaffee

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