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PIERRE, South Dakota, March 25, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has disappointed American conservatives by refusing to sign a bill reserving girls’ and women’s sports to girls and women.
“You have a democratic process that arose from your own citizens,” Fox News’ Tucker Carlson told the Noem on Monday night.
“They want this bill, and you’ve stopped it.”
Joy Pullman of The Federalist accused Noem of “rolling over to leftists in the culture war,” cowardice and deception.
“South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has rightly made a national name for herself courageously standing, almost alone, for science, sanity, and constitutional rights during the COVID panic,” Pullman wrote.
“Yet it appears she’s hoping to use the goodwill she earned through this courage to hide her cowardly and deceptive choices about transgender politics.”
The Family Research Council declared that Noem’s credibility is now irreparably damaged.
“Until this week, a lot of people believed Governor Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) was built in Trump's same mold: fearless in the face of controversy,” it wrote.
UPDATE (1/29/21) - On day one of the new administration, Biden signed an Executive Order dismantling girls sports, and allowing biological boys back into girls locker-rooms.
The order declares: "Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the rest room, the locker room, or school sports. . . . All persons should receive equal treatment under the law, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation."
This affront to reason effectively signals an end to girls' and women's sports, and diminishes their effort to compete on a level playing field.
Though this petition has already been delivered once, we will deliver new signatures to the US Dept of Education when restrictions permit, in honor of Selina Soule, who filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in 2019.
UPDATE (5/29/20) - US Dep’t of Education: Letting males compete in girls’ sports violates female athletes’ civil rights
UPDATE (2/13/20) - Selina Soule and two other Connecticut high school girl track athletes, Alanna Smith and Chelsea Mitchell, have sued the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) to stop boys who claim to be girls from competing in their sport.
Soule is the same high school girl who, last year, filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). That complaint is still ongoing, as the OCR has not yet handed down its guidance ruling.
This also explains why this petition is still ongoing. Please SIGN and SHARE.
But, with another track season soon coming to an end, the girls' attorneys have asked the Court for an injunction that would stop the CIAC from implementing its current policy while the lawsuit proceeds.
Soule, Smith, and Mitchell will soon run in regional and state meets, competing for state championships. This year, they would like to have the opportunity to win, fair and square.
Please learn more about the latest news concerning this case, here: https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/three-girls-sue-state-to-stop-boys-who-say-theyre-girls-from-competing-in-their-sport
Then, please SIGN this petition. Thank you!
Selina Soule is a female athlete who now must compete against biological males because of Connecticut's policy requiring that boys who identify as girls be admitted into girls' sports competitions.
But, when boys compete in girls' sports, they win because they have a natural advantage. It's scientifically proven, and it's also common sense.
This crushes the motivation of the biological girls who have worked hard to compete on a level playing field, only to enter into competitions which they can never win, despite all of their efforts.
It also puts girls into harm's way in contact sports, AND it deprives female athletes of their right to fairly compete for college scholarships and other accolades.
This is wrong! And, that's why this URGENT petition supports Selina and all the other female athletes out there, who have put in the hours on the track or on the court.
Please SIGN this common sense petition supporting Selina Soule's complaint to the Dept of Education's Office for Civil Rights, against Connecticut's discriminatory policy.
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“So imagine everyone's disappointment when the woman who promised to sign an enormously popular bill buckled at the first sign of opposition,” it continued.
“Maybe, as some have said, Governor Noem fell prey to bad advice. Or maybe she believed that all of the goodwill she'd built up during South Dakota's COVID revolt would protect her. Whatever her reasons, the damage to her credibility by not defending girls' sports has been done. And no amount of media tours or Title IX pep rallies will fix it.”
On March 8, the South Dakota Senate passed the Women’s Fairness in Sports bill. House Bill 1217, sponsored by Rep. Rhonda Milstead and Senator Maggie Sutton, would have ensured that biological males did not compete against biological females in girls’ and women’s school and collegiate sports in South Dakota. Gov. Noem tweeted her response to the 20-15 victory that same day, saying she was “excited” that she would be signing it into law.
“In South Dakota, we're celebrating #InternationalWomensDay by defending women's sports! I'm excited to sign this bill very soon,” Noem wrote.
However, Noem didn’t sign the bill after all. Instead, she returned it to the South Dakota Legislature with “Style and Form suggestions” that robbed the bill of protections for female collegiate athletes.
“Unfortunately, as I have studied this legislation and conferred with legal experts over the past several days, I have become concerned that this bill’s vague and overly broad language could have significant unintended consequences,” the governor wrote in a March 19 press release.
Most seriously, Noem expressed her concerns that her state’s female college athletes would not be allowed to compete on the national level if South Dakota’s standards for women’s collegiate sports differed from the national norm.
“South Dakota has shown that our student-athletes can compete with anyone in the country, but competing on the national stage means compliance with the national governing bodies that oversee collegiate athletics,” she stated.
“While I certainly do not always agree with the actions these sanctioning bodies take, I understand that collegiate athletics requires such a system – a 50-state patchwork is not workable.”
The governor’s proposed changes removed the bill’s protection of the rights of South Dakota’s female college athletes not to have to compete with biological males.
On Monday, Carlson grilled the governor on her refusal to sign the bill, and she cast the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as the enemy of women’s sports in South Dakota.
“If we put the collegiate athletics on there, then we will get punitively challenged by the NCAA and then we’ll have to continue to fight them in a court district that is not friendly to winning,” Noem said, and underscored that legal experts told her that she could not win this fight in court.
But Pullman accused Noem of misleading Carlson’s viewers about the crushing opposition she would get from the NCAA.
“It is deliberately misleading to assert the NCAA would retaliate for this bill’s passage when states including Idaho and Mississippi have passed similar laws and their college women still play NCAA sports,” Pullman wrote.
“As (The Federalist’s Margot) Cleveland explained, Noem is attempting to make the public believe that the NCAA requires participating sports teams to allow transgender athletes, when this is false.”
“Nothing in NCAA policy is an obstacle to this bill, despite Noem’s attempts to portray otherwise. If the NCAA threatened her with legal action, she should show the receipts, and NCAA should be pressed to account for why they threatened South Dakota but not Idaho or Mississippi with legal action — not mean press releases, legal action.”
Now not only Noem but her advisers are under scrutiny by conservatives. Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist alerted readers that at least one of Noem’s legal advisers has a conflict of interest when it comes to collegiate sports.
“Noem’s ‘top adviser’ is ‘controversial behind-the-scenes power broker’ Matt McCaulley,” Hemingway tweeted. “Clients include Sanford Health, which owns Sanford Sports Complex, a Sious Falls (S.D.) arena that hopes to lure NCAA tourneys.
Lawmakers worried about conflict of interest,” she continued.
“Noem's chief of staff, Tony Venhuizen, is on the board of the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce, another group opposed to protecting women's sports.”
Meanwhile, Noem announced the creation of the “’Defend Title IX Now’ Coalition,” saying it should help protect other states from punishment from the NCAA.
“Today, we’re announcing a coalition of athletes, leaders, and anyone who cares about defending fairness in women’s sports,” the governor said in a March 22 press release.
“Once we have enough states on board – a coalition large enough where the NCAA could not possibly punish us all – then we will be able to guarantee fairness at the collegiate level.”