Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signs bills protecting women’s sports, unborn

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (right) on Monday signed several bills aimed at curbing the progress of radical transgender activism, as well as a 15-week abortion ban.

A transgender bill effectively bars biological males from participating in women’s sports, while another bill will prevent adults from turning minors into a member of the opposite sex.

“This legislation is common sense and narrowly aimed at addressing these two specific issues – while ensuring that transgender people continue to receive the same dignity, respect and kindness as every individual in our society,” Ducey wrote in a signing letter.

Ducey added that the bill preventing minors from transitioning aligns with laws already in place that protect children from making irreversible decisions, including purchasing certain products or engaging in activities that may affect their lives. health throughout life.

“These decisions must be made when an individual reaches adulthood,” Ducey wrote. “Furthermore, many physicians who perform these procedures on adults agree that it is not within the standard of care to perform these procedures on children.”

“The irreversible nature of these proceedings underscores why such a decision should be made as an adult, not a child, and further reinforces the importance of this legislation,” he added.

As Hill noted, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health does not recommend sex reassignment surgery until adulthood, but supports “other gender-affirming treatments, such as puberty blockers or hormonal therapies”.

University of Pennsylvania transgender swimmer Lia Thomas smiles after winning the 100 meter freestyle during the 2022 Ivy League Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at Blodgett Pool on February 19, 2022 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)

Regarding transgender people in sports, the bill allows transgender people to play on school teams as long as the team has not been designated as “female”.

“This bill strikes the right balance between respecting all students while recognizing that there are inherent biological distinctions that deserve separate categories to ensure fairness for all,” Ducey wrote.

Another bill Ducey signed into law on Wednesday will also ban abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

“In Arizona, we know there is immeasurable value in every life – including prenatal life,” Ducey said. “I believe it is the responsibility of every state to protect them.”

“This very issue is currently pending before the United States Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. It has been said that a society should be judged by how well it takes care of the vulnerable among us. In Arizona, we will continue to protect life to the fullest extent possible,” he added.

In early February, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem signed a bill banning biological men from participating in women’s sports until college. Speaking to Fox News, she said the law was intended to “level the playing field”.

“It’s true that your daughters will have a level playing field,” she said. “They will have the chance to compete only against other biological females as listed on their birth certificate because we want them to have a chance to succeed.”

This month, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds (right) signed a bill that will require athletes to compete on school, college and university sports teams that match their biological sex.


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