HARRISBURG – The PA House Education Committee has passed the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, a bill that protects decades of hard-won opportunities for women by ensuring sports are separated by biological sex. House Bill 972 would ensure fairness in sports by maintaining that people compete in the division that correlates with their biological sex. The measure is sponsored by five female representatives, all of whom were former school athletes. The passage comes after UPenn swimmer, Lia Thomas, a biological male who identifies as a woman, recently took first place in the NCAA swimming championships in the 500 freestyle. The bill was approved along party lines in a 15-9 vote. It now goes to the full PA House for consideration.