WH Press Sec Says It’s ‘Dangerous’ To Question Safety Of Female Athletes Competing Against Males

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WH press sec Karine Jean-Pierre

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has claimed that it is “dangerous” to question if women are safe when playing with males in sports.

Jean-Pierre made her comments during a Tuesday’s press briefing while blasting a reporter who questioned the safety concerns surrounding the participation of transgender athletes in women’s sports.

She accused the reporter of insinuating that transgender kids were dangerous.

EWTN White House correspondent Owen Jensen was asking about the increasing concerns among parents for female athletes who are being forced to compete against biologically male competitors.

Fox News Reports: Jensen began his question by reading aloud a tweet from Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., who wrote that allowing biological males to compete in women’s sports is “unfair, unsafe and wrong.” He also cited a letter signed by 72 “elite female athletes” who argued that forcing them to compete against biological males is “not only unfair, but discriminatory and illegal.”

“What would the president say to parents out there who have daughters, let’s say in high school, for example, who are worried that their daughter may have to compete against a male, a person born male and they could be a direct and physically athletic competition, and worry about their daughter’s safety,” he continued.

Jean-Pierre, who earlier called the issue “complicated,” then accused the reporter of characterizing transgender athletes as “dangerous.”

“What you’re alluding to is basically saying that transgender kids are dangerous… it sounds like that’s what you’re saying,” she retorted.

Jensen tried to push back against the assertion, interjecting, “I didn’t say that. This is strictly a safety question.”

“Well, you’re saying that their safety is at risk,” Jean-Pierre responded. “You’re laying out a kind of broad example or explanation of what could be potentially happening. That is dangerous. That is a dangerous thing to say that essentially transgender kids are dangerous.

“And so that’s something that I have to call out. That is irresponsible,” she continued. “I had just laid out how complicated this issue is. I had just laid out why it’s complicated, and so anything that you have any additional questions, I refer you to the Department of Education. I’m gonna move on.”

Transgender participation in sports has become a flashpoint in the sports world and in the political arena as women sports advocates cite unfair biological advantages which help males dominate their female competitors. The issue has also raised safety concerns among parents of female athletes, who fear their children could sustain lasting physical injuries if forced to compete against stronger biological males.

Female athletes have reported injuries after competing against biological men in women’s athletic competition. North Carolina high school volleyball player Payton McNabb said she suffered from a concussion and neck injury last fall when she was spiked in the face by a transgender athlete. 

The high school athlete called on state legislators to pass legislation to protect female sports in a press conference in April, where she revealed that she still suffers from “impaired vision, partial paralysis on my right side, constant headaches, as well as anxiety and depression.”

“Due to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association policy of allowing biological males to compete against biological females my life has forever been changed,” McNabb said at the time.

That same month, the Biden administration proposed new Title IX regulations on transgender people in schools. Under the department’s proposed rule, no school or college that receives federal funding would be allowed to impose a “one-size-fits-all” policy that categorically bans transgender students from playing on sports teams consistent with their gender identity. Such policies would be considered a violation of Title IX.

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