WASHINGTON – Today, Heritage Action, a conservative grassroots organization with two million grassroots activists, including thousands of Louisianians, released a statement from Executive Director Jessica Anderson following the enactment of SB 44.
Every female athlete deserves equal opportunity on and off the field – no matter the level of competition. When schools and society ignore the biological differences between male and female athletes, it is women and girls who pay the price. Thanks to the state's elected leaders, however, this will no longer be the case in Louisiana.
SB 44 adds Louisiana to the growing list of states standing up for women and girls in sports. Female athletes will be able to compete on a level playing field, able to set records, earn scholarships, and qualify for teams. We applaud the Louisiana State Legislature for their work on this issue, and look forward to expanding protections for women and girls at the state and federal levels.
SB 44 was formally enacted in Louisiana following Governor John Bel Edwards’ (D) decision not to veto the legislation. Though Gov. Edwards publicly opposed the legislation, the Louisiana State Legislature was set to override a veto of the bill.