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NASHVILLE, Tennessee (LifeSiteNews) – Tennessee last week enacted a new round of restrictions on abortion and LGBT ideology, imposing stiff penalties for mail-delivered abortion-inducing drugs and banning “transgender” males from women’s college sports.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday signed HB 2416, which outlaws distributing abortion pills, such as mifepristone, by mail and allows only certain qualified doctors to administer the drugs.

Under the law, a doctor has to examine a woman in person before providing the pills during a return visit and must schedule another follow-up appointment one to two weeks later. The measure bars pharmacists and other non-doctors from giving out abortion drugs.

Violations can result in Class E felony charges and up to $50,000 in fines, as well as civil action against medical professionals, though mothers are exempted from penalties. A previous version of the bill stated that violators could face up to 20 years in prison, required that women be informed about the abortion pill reversal method, and explicitly banned distributing the pills at school.

RELATED: Georgia the latest state to crack down on ‘transgender’ males in girls’ sports

The new Tennessee law defies Biden administration guidance issued last year allowing mail delivery of abortion-inducing drugs. No lawsuits have been filed against HB 2416, however, which takes effect on January 1, 2023, according to AP News.

Tennessee is among around 20 other states with similar restrictions on abortion pills.

Studies have shown that chemical abortions, which now account for around half of abortions in the U.S., can result in serious side effects and that nearly 7 percent of women require surgical intervention after the procedure.

Tennessee is one of 13 states with “trigger” laws that would criminalize virtually all abortions in the event that the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.

Saving women’s college sports

On Friday, Gov. Lee also approved HB 2316, a law that bans males from competing against women in public and some private colleges and universities.

Higher education institutions “must rely upon the sex listed on the student’s original birth certificate issued at or near the time of birth,” according to the law.

Students who suffer loss of athletic opportunity or other direct or indirect harms due to violations of HB 2316 can sue schools for injunctive relief, damages, and other costs, such as legal fees. Government entities and athletic organizations may not retaliate against schools for complying with the law.

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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.

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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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The new legislation comes after Tennessee enacted similar protections last year for girls’ middle school and high school sports. Gov. Lee also signed a bill last month to defund K-12 schools that fail to enforce Tennessee’s single-sex sports rules.

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