‘Unequal & unsafe’: Piers Morgan slams transgender athletes being allowed play women’s rugby, heaping pressure on English union
Morgan waded into the poisonous transgender debate in response to news that World Rugby has decided to ban transgender women – who are biologically male, but identify as women – from competing in the women’s game. The sport’s international governing body announced its decision in new guidelines this week, citing scientific evidence.
How can there even be a debate about transgender women playing women’s rugby? It’s so obviously wrong, unfair, unequal & dangerous to women born to smaller, less powerful female biological bodies. We all know this. Women will get seriously hurt if this insanity prevails. https://t.co/ppoCbCSuHV— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 16, 2020
The Good Morning Britain presenter questioned why the matter was even up for discussion. “It’s so obviously wrong, unfair, unequal & dangerous to women born to smaller, less powerful female biological bodies,” he said. “We all know this. Women will get seriously hurt if this insanity prevails.”
Morgan’s views on the matter are not shared by the Rugby Football Union, which oversees rugby in England. The RFU announced that it does not plan to adopt World Rugby’s guidelines and it will continue to allow transgender women to play at all levels of women's rugby below international level.Also on rt.com Joe Biden says young children who decide they 'want to be transgender' should face 'zero discrimination'
Indeed, World Rugby’s decision puts it at odds with many prominent sporting bodies. The International Olympic Committee has allowed trans women to compete in women’s events for more than 15 years. It even relaxed the criteria in 2015 by removing the requirement for genital surgery and replacing it with a declaration of good faith.
Despite this, many on Twitter agreed with Morgan’s views on the matter, noting that growing up male bestows massive advantages when playing rugby and allowing transgender women to compete in the women’s game raises significant safety concerns.
I was a 12.5 stone prop and I always hated having to tackle an 8 stone scrum half and it did on occasion cause injury. This was women on women and already there was a discrepancy in size and weight. This is just plain dangerous and cant understand England Rugby's stance.— Donna Aitken (@Happiest_Gurl) October 16, 2020
We all know this, but people love making it all complicated and doing a lot of talking about testosterone levels and producing charts and claiming women are just as big as men and and and until everyone is completely bamboozled and gives up. Which was the intention all along.— Úna Davey (@UnaDavey11) October 16, 2020
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