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Democrats really aren’t the party of science.
A female Ohio GOP legislator presented an amendment to an Ohio bill that would protect biological female athletes from being forced to compete against biological males.
While Ohio state representative Jena Powell was trying to speak, Democrat lawmakers screamed in the chamber and pounded their fists on the desks to prevent Powell from speaking.
Powell was attempting to add an amendment to the “Name, Image, Likeness” bill.
The Safe Women’s Sports Act is a fairness issue for women to be able to achieve their dreams in athletics in our state. And it’s crucial to preserving women’s rights and the integrity of women’s and girls’ sports. Across our country, female athletes are currently losing scholarships, opportunities, medals, education, and training opportunities.
At this point, Democrats started hammering on their desks and shouting repeatedly.
Powell continued, “This amendment will require schools that are part of the OHSAA —”
More Democrats began banging their desks.
“ — to designate separate teams for participants of the biological sex. No school —” Powell went on, then had to stop for a moment, exasperated.
She continued: “No school interscholastic conference or organization that regulates interscholastics shall permit biological males to participate on athletic teams or an athletic competition designated only for biological female participants. Currently, OHSAA allows biological males to compete against biological females if they either completed a year of hormone therapy, demonstrated they do not possess physical —”
Despite the continued disruptions, Powell went on to discuss Ohio’s policies on the issue.
Finally, a point of order was raised, which forced Democrats to stop and behave like adults.
Disgraceful behavior from Rep. Michael Skindell at the Ohio House yesterday as Rep. Jena Powell tried to speak. pic.twitter.com/zp8aPsxiyg
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) June 29, 2021
During an interview with Washington Watch, Powell was asked “Why was the reaction so strong?”
I can’t explain always why the Left doesn’t like some of the things that we do, but this is a simple bill, an amendment to say, “Hey, we want to protect the integrity of women’s sports in the state of Ohio.” I think the Left is frustrated and oftentimes they speak out in ways that are very inappropriate.
When I had the House floor, the Speaker did address me, which means I have the ability to speak. Instead of waiting for his turn to speak, he decided to erupt into yelling, and as you heard in the clip, just literally banging on top of his desk. I don’t even think any of the members could hear my speech; that’s how loud it really was.
Ohio GOP governor Mike DeWine criticized the amendment by saying, “This issue is best addressed outside of government through individual sports leagues and athletic associations, including the Ohio High School Athletic Association, who can tailor policies to meet the needs of their member athletes and member institutions.”
Powell responded, “I would say Governor DeWine’s response is from an individual who’s scared of the woke Left and not willing to stand up for the millions of women in our state. … The thing about the OHSAA, though, is that they’re not elected by Ohioans. We as representatives are; we as politicians are, and so this is where we have to step in and say, ‘Look: enough is enough. We have to protect Ohio females.’ So instead of Mike DeWine doing what was right, he pushed the ball down the court and really kind of hid behind that so that woke corporations wouldn’t come after him.”