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VERMONT (LifeSiteNews) – A Christian high school that refused to have its girls basketball team compete against a team with a biologically male player is now barred from participating in state-sponsored athletic competitions.

As previously covered by LifeSiteNews, the Mid Vermont Christian School (MVCS) girls basketball team ‘The Eagles’ pulled out of the Vermont Division IV state tournament on February 21 after learning that their opponents’ team would include a biological male. The head of the school, Vicky Fogg, said in a statement regarding the decision to forfeit that including men in women’s sports was a bad sign for the future of women’s sports.

MVCS provides a biblically-based education from kindergarten to Grade 12. Under Vermont law, biological males are allowed to take part in and play on female sports teams, with a guidance document put out by the Vermont Agency of Education stating that “transgender and gender nonconforming students are to be provided the same opportunities to participate in physical education as are all other students.”

Now the Daily Caller reports that on March 13, the Vermont Principals’ Association (VPA), the state governing body for high school sports, notified MVCS in writing that its “actions do not meet the expectations of the VPA’s 1st and 2nd policy, Commitment to Racial, Gender Fair and Disability Awareness and Policy Of Gender Identity, respectively. Thus, Mid-Vermont Christian School is ineligible to participate in VPA activities going forward.”

“If you don’t want to follow VPA rules, that’s fine,” said VPA executive director Jay Nichols. “But then you’re just not a VPA member. It’s fairly simple. That’s really all we’re gonna really say about it.”

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“Cancelling our membership is not a solution and does nothing to deal with the very real issue of safety and fairness facing women’s sports in our beloved state,” responded Fogg. “We urge the VPA to reconsider its policies, and balance the rights of every athlete in the state.”

Mandatory inclusion of gender-confused individuals in opposite-sex sports is billed as a matter of “sensitivity” and respect for perceived “gender identity.” But critics note that indulging transgender athletes in this way undermines the original rational basis for having sex-specific athletics in the first place, thereby depriving female athletes of recognition and professional or academic opportunities. 

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Scientific research affirms that physiology gives males distinct athletic advantages that cannot be fully negated by hormone suppression.

In a 2019 paper published by the Journal of Medical Ethics, New Zealand researchers found that “healthy young men [do] not lose significant muscle mass (or power) when their circulating testosterone levels were reduced to (below International Olympic Committee guidelines) for 20 weeks,” and “indirect effects of testosterone” on factors such as bone structure, lung volume, and heart size “will not be altered by hormone therapy”; therefore, “the advantage to transwomen [biological men] afforded by the [International Olympic Committee] guidelines is an intolerable unfairness.”

Vermont is one of the furthest-left states in the nation. Over the past year, it has established a state-level constitutional right to abortion and enacted an assisted suicide law that allows telemedicine killings by physicians.