Missouri is joining Arkansas and four other states in suing President Biden over a rule change to Title IX.

The law is designed to safeguard women’s sports and to combat sexual assault on K-12 and college campuses. The rule change extends that access and protection to LGBTQ students.

At a press conference in Little Rock with Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin, Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey called the rule change an attack on women’s rights.

“For a half decade this statute – this federal statute – has protected women’s rights,” Bailey said. “President Biden is perverting the plain text of the statute in favor of a radical transgender ideology.”

He also said that President Biden has no constitutional authority to rewrite statutes.

“The plain text of the statute speaks for itself and there’s been a well-settled meaning that the word ‘discrimination’ based on sex means binary decision between male and female gender,” Bailey said. “President Biden’s attempt to re-legislate that issue through the flick of a pin in an administrative rule is unconstitutional.”

Arkansas is the lead state in the lawsuit, followed by Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The plaintiffs include Amelia Ford, a 10th grade student and varsity athlete from Brookland, Arkansas.

“Now, whenever a boy identifies as a girl, that boy can come into my locker room where I change,” Ford said during Tuesday’s press conference. “He can use the bathroom where I need privacy. He can even get placed into my hotel room with me overnight when my team travels. These same officials have also said that these boys must be allowed to compete against me on the basketball courts and even have the ability to take away my spot to play on these teams. That is not okay.”

According to the U.S. Education Department, the new rule prohibits discrimination based on “sex stereotypes, sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex characteristics.”

Emma Grasso Levine with “Know Your IX” praised the rule change in a statement on the group’s website.

“After years of pressure from students and survivors of sexual violence, the Biden Administration’s Title IX update will make schools safer and more accessible for young people, many of whom experienced irreparable harm while they fought for protection and support,” she said.

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