Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota used International Women’s Day to highlight the latest state legislation designed to protect women on the sports field. A bill which she’s “excited to sign.”
The bill limits participation in women’s sports to biologically born females, it passed the South Dakota Senate 20-15 this past Monday.
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) March 8, 2021
The ACLU of South Dakota sent advocacy manager Jett Jonelis to oppose the bill.
Jonelis said in an interview that the bill is not “about protecting fairness in women’s sports,” but rather is meant to “[exclude] trans people from… public life.”
The Mississippi House has also passed a bill recently to prohibit transgendered athletes from competing in women’s and girls’ sports.
Biden recently used his executive power to issue an order which requires schools across the country to allow students to participate on the teams of their chosen identity. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki explained President Biden’s stance on the issue. “Trans rights are human rights.” “that’s why he signed that executive order.”