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February 16, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Republican lawmakers in North Dakota and Mississippi approved bills last week to outlaw males with gender dysphoria from competing on women’s sports teams. The new efforts to protect women’s and girls’ sports come three weeks after the Biden administration issued an order mandating that gender-confused men and women be included on teams for members of the opposite sex.
On Thursday, the Mississippi state senate approved the “Mississippi Fairness Act” requiring public educational institutions in the state “to designate [their] athletic teams or sports according to biological sex.” The senate passed the bill by a 25-vote margin.
“I’ve had numerous coaches across the state call me and believe that they feel there’s a need for a policy in Mississippi because they are beginning to have some concerns of having to deal with this,” Republican state Sen. Angela Hill, the primary sponsor of the bill, said.
“God blessed all our efforts,” she added in a Facebook post.
The Mississippi Fairness Act now moves to the Republican-controlled House of Representatives ahead of consideration by Gov. Tate Reeves, who has slammed the Biden administration for forcing girls “to compete with biological males for access to athletics.”
North Dakota House lawmakers also overwhelmingly voted to ban male high school students from female teams on Thursday, passing HB 1298. Co-sponsor state Rep. Kathy Skroch said that the legislation “is about girls competing with girls, ensuring equal opportunity and keeping a level playing field in girls’ sports.”
“It upholds 50 years of progress and protecting women against discrimination and advocates for the preservation of biological standards,” she said.
Republicans in more than a dozen other states have advanced similar measures in recent weeks. In Montana, a House committee approved new protections for women’s sports last month, while a Utah committee did the same last week.
“Across America there are stories of individuals who identified as male at birth competing against our female athletes” and “breaking records that no female will be able to reach,” state Rep. Kera Birkeland told the Utah House Education Committee on Thursday.
“They’re taking championships, titles and scholarships from our female athletes,” she said. “To say it’s taking a toll on our female athletes would be an understatement.”
Congressional Republicans have joined the renewed push to maintain biological standards in sports as well, with Sens. Roger Marshall (R-KS) and Mike Lee (R-UT) introducing a bill earlier this month to bar taxpayer-funded colleges from allowing men to compete against women.
Marshall, a physician, said the Biden administration’s push to eliminate female-only teams “shows no common sense and will bring about the destruction of women’s sports,” echoing comments by other lawmakers.
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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Medical experts have repeatedly condemned letting gender-confused males play against women, citing immutable sex differences that give men a massive upper hand, despite attempts at hormone manipulation or “gender transition.”
“Giving a woman testosterone does not make her a man, giving a man estrogen does not make him a woman,” pediatrician Dr. Michell Cretella noted in 2017. “[T]he estrogen makes a man a handicapped man,” she added. Missouri pediatrician and researcher Dr. Timothy Roberts confirmed in a new study that men still have a clear advantage over women in physical contests after taking female hormones for over one year.
LifeSiteNews has launched a national campaign to push state lawmakers to protect women’s and girls’ sports. You can contact your state lawmakers and tell them to take action using this page. You also can add your signature to LifeSite’s petition to keep biological standards in sports.