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LA bill protecting fairness in women’s sports becomes law

Tuesday, Jun 7, 2022

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Christiana Kiefer regarding the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act (SB 44), which became law after Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Monday that he would allow the bill to be enacted without his signature. The bill protects opportunities for women and girls in athletics by ensuring they are not forced to compete against men playing on women’s sports teams:

“Women and girls deserve to compete on a level playing field. When the law ignores biological reality, female athletes lose medals, podium spots, public recognition, and opportunities to compete. We’ve seen increasing examples of these losses across the country as a result of males competing in women’s sports. We commend Louisiana for joining the nationwide movement to preserve fair athletic competition by becoming the 18th state to enact legal protections for female athletes. Thanks to the leadership of Sen. Beth Mizell and other supporters in the Louisiana Legislature, female athletes won’t be spectators in their own sports and will have equal opportunities to experience the thrill of victory.”

  • 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.