South Dakota could become the 10th state to ban transgender athletes after a bill banning transgender women from the Women’s School Sports League was passed in the state Senate on Friday.
According to KLO-TV, the bill backed by Republican Gov. Kristi Noem passed the Senate State Affairs Committee by an 8-1 vote. The committee, headed by Republican State Sen. Gary Comack, has nine members, most of whom are Republicans. State Sen. Troy Heinert, the lone Democrat on the committee, had the only vote against the bill.
NBC News reported that the bill would allow students “issued at or around the time of the athlete’s birth” to compete on sports teams that match the gender listed on their birth certificates.
According to the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, this allows schools, school boards, activities associations or colleges to sue for damages if girls face “direct or indirect harm” by competing with a transgender girl in school athletic competitions. Will give
According to the Associated Press, Noem previously said in a statement, “Common sense tells us that men have an unfair physical advantage over women in athletic competition.”
As reported by The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Noam’s senior policy adviser Rachel Oglesby said the bill was “an act to protect fairness in the women’s sport”. She argued that allowing transgender girls to engage in school sports could potentially threaten Title IX protections for girls.
According to The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, “girls deserve to compete on an equal playing field,” Oglesby said. “Similarly, talented and trained men will always have an advantage over women.”
Politicians are choosing public schools to violate federal policy or state policy, groups representing schools said, the AP reported. The Associated School Boards said that if the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services investigates a school and finds they violated students’ rights, the school could lose federal funding.
“This particular bill does nothing, absolutely nothing to help young people,” said Diana Miller, who represents South Dakota’s largest school districts, according to the AP. “What it is is discriminatory, unfair, and it is not necessary.”
The High School Activities Association also said it has already implemented a policy ensuring fair competition, the AP reported. On a case-by-case basis, schools review applications from transgender athletes. They have only once allowed a transgender girl to play in a girls’ game. The association said it did not hinder the competition.
Noem earlier in March vetoed a similar bill banning trans women and girls from competing in women’s sports leagues, saying it had “significant unintended consequences”.
On Wednesday, Noem released Advertisement He is promoting the bill on his Twitter. The ad debuted on prime-time news programs nationwide on Wednesday night. In the tweet, Noem said the bill would “give South Dakota the strongest law protecting women’s sports in the country.”
“In South Dakota, only girls play girls’ games,” the ad says at the beginning.
The ad lasts 30 seconds, saying that Noem “protected the girls’ game for years and never backed down.”