WASHINGTON, D.C. – This evening, North Carolina high school athlete and Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) spokeswoman Payton McNabb appears in her first TV interview on Fox News Channel’s The Ingraham Angle to discuss her story of competing against a biological male athlete, how her life forever changed following an injury during the game, and her desire to speak out to save women’s sports. 

Last fall, McNabb was knocked unconscious and exhibited a fencing response following a forceful blow to the head from a volleyball spike by a biological male playing on the opponent’s team. The sheer impact of the ball has left McNabb with significant long-term physical and mental effects, including impaired vision, partial paralysis on her right side, and anxiety and depression. 

McNabb appeared earlier this week in North Carolina before the general assembly, alongside IWF Spokeswoman and 12x All-American swimmer Riley Gaines, to advocate for the passage of a Fairness in Women’s Sports Bill. During her testimony, McNabb said, “I’m here for every biological female athlete behind me. My little sister, my cousins, my teammates. Allowing biological males to compete against biological females is dangerous. I may be the first to come before you with an injury, but if this doesn’t pass I won’t be the last.” 

Gaines has been speaking across the country about her firsthand experience competing against a biological male and asking other female athletes and Americans to join her in standing up and speaking out about the harm to female athletes. It is well known that males who have experienced puberty have significant, lasting athletic advantages over females in almost every sport. That’s not debatable. That’s science. And women shouldn’t have to relitigate this point with respect to specific sports at every single high school and college across the country.

“I’m so excited Payton is officially going to be using her powerful voice and personal story to combat the inclusion of males in women’s sports,” said Gaines of McNabb. “Her courage has inspired me and will do the same for female athletes of all ages around the country. It’s unfortunate a young girl has to be permanently injured by a male in women’s sports before people pay attention to the growing number of similar stories. No one should have to experience what Payton did, but with her voice being amplified by IWF, she’s minimizing that risk for all girls and women.”

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