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IA governor signs bill to protect women's sports

Thursday, Mar 3, 2022

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Christiana Holcomb regarding Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ signing Thursday of HB 2416, 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:

“When the law ignores biological reality, female athletes lose medals, podium spots, public recognition, and opportunities to compete. Comparably fit and trained males will always have physical advantages over females—that’s the reason we have girls’ sports. We have seen increasing examples across the country of males dominating girls’ athletic competitions when competing as females, capturing championships, and shattering long-standing female records. We commend lead sponsors Rep. Skyler Wheeler, Rep. Henry Stone, Sen. Tim Goodwin, other supporters in the Iowa Legislature, and Gov. Reynolds for protecting the ability of Iowa’s women and girls to compete on a level playing field by enacting this important legislation.”

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, and the sanctity of life.

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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.