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ADF to LA governor: Stand with women, sign bill protecting fairness in women’s sports

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Christiana Kiefer regarding the Louisiana Legislature’s approval Monday of the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act (SB 44), a bill that protects opportunities for women and girls in athletics by ensuring they are not forced to compete against men playing on women’s sports teams:

“Girls deserve to compete on a level playing field. We commend the Louisiana Legislature for recognizing this and passing the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act for a second time. Since Gov. Jon Bel Edwards’s veto of the bill last year, we’ve continued to see increasing incidents nationwide of males dominating girls’ athletic competitions when competing as females. In response to that increase, seven additional states have enshrined protections for female athletes into law in 2022, bringing the total to 16 states. We hope that, in light of this nationwide movement to preserve fair athletic competition, the governor will reconsider his previous rejection of this legislation and sign the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act into law so female athletes will not face those losses in Louisiana.”

  • Pronunciation guide: Kiefer (KEE’-fur)

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ABOUT Christiana Kiefer

Christiana Kiefer serves as senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, where she is a key member of the Center for Conscience Initiatives. Since joining ADF in 2012, Kiefer has worked to protect women's and girls' sports and has defended the bodily privacy rights of students. She has also worked to protect the constitutionally protected freedom of churches, Christian schools, and Christian ministries to exercise their faith without government interference. Kiefer earned her J.D. in 2010 from Oak Brook College of Law and Government Policy, where she graduated first in her class and served as a teaching assistant in criminal law. Also in 2010, Kiefer completed the ADF leadership development program to become a Blackstone Fellow. She is admitted to the state bar of California, the U.S. Supreme Court, and numerous federal district and appellate courts.