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AUSTIN, Texas, May 21, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Texas state senators approved a ban on experimental transgender drugs and surgeries for minors earlier this week, days after house lawmakers shelved similar legislation.

The upper chamber approved Senate Bill 1311 on Tuesday, reviving the push to protect children from life-threatening “gender-transition” procedures.

The bill would prohibit doctors from prescribing or administering “puberty-blocking medication” or cross-sex hormones, in addition to barring any “surgery that sterilizes the child” or otherwise removes a “healthy or non-diseased body part or tissue.” SB 1311 also would ban liability insurance coverage for the procedures and strip physicians of their licenses for performing them.

“Our job is to protect children who can’t protect themselves,” the bill’s author, Sen. Bob Hall, R-Edgewood, told senators, according to local news. “It was wrong yesterday, it is wrong today, and it’ll be wrong tomorrow to not protect those who cannot protect themselves,” he said.

The senate voted 17-13 for SB 1311 on Monday, with every Republican and no Democrats in favor. Senators on Wednesday sent the bill to the house, where members have until May 25 to approve senate measures.

Last week, Texas house leaders shelved House Bill 1399, a bill similar to SB 1311, refusing to bring it up for vote before a key deadline, though it had passed a committee vote and garnered nearly 50 co-sponsors.

Top Texas Republicans have slammed the inaction in the lower chamber, with state Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller placing the blame on calendars committee chair Rep. Dustin Burrow, as well as corporate pressure. “One man standing in the way, that’s your Rep. Dustin Burrows of Lubbock, who chairs the Calendars Committee and is holding up the bill because woke corporations put pressure on him,” Miller said in an ad backing HB 1399. “If he won’t stop them, (tell him) you’ll replace him with someone who will.”

Sources reportedly told the National File last week that Burrows, House Speaker Dade Phelan, and Gov. Greg Abbott, who is up for re-election next year, have worked together to suppress child “sex-change” bans.

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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

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/us-dept-of-education-letting-trans-boys-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

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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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https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/high-school-girl-files-federal-complaint-for-having-to-race-boys

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/boys-claiming-to-be-girls-are-dominating-girls-sports-these-girls-are-fighting-back

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Other pro-family bills that have languished in the lower chamber include one authored by Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, that defines transgender procedures for minors as child abuse. Another successful senate bill authored by Perry would ban gender-confused males from female sports. Neither measure has been brought to a floor vote in the house.

Dozens of major companies have hammered Texas for weeks over conservative policies advancing in the state legislature, with pro-LGBT Big Tech giants, airlines, and hotel chains pressuring Republicans to drop the bills in a letter last month.

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