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ArizonaRepublican Governor Doug Ducey signed a series of bills on Wednesday, including legislation he says will protect the rights of female athletes, as well as the lives of unborn children.
“Today I signed SB 1138 and SB 1165, legislation to protect participation and fairness for female athletes, and to ensure that persons undergoing irreversible sex reassignment surgery are of adulthood,” Ducey wrote in a letter to the explained bills he signed. “This legislation is common sense and aims to address these two specific issues – while ensuring that transgender people continue to receive the same dignity, respect and kindness as every individual in our society.”
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SB 1165 requires Arizona public schools, and any private schools competing against them, to designate athletic teams based on the biological sex of the participating students.
“SB 1165 is creating a nationwide policy to ensure that biological women athletes in Arizona public schools, colleges and universities have a level playing field in which to compete,” Governor Ducey said. “Every young athlete in Arizona should have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities that give them a sense of belonging and allow them to grow and thrive.”
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SB 1138 forbids irreversible sex reassignment surgery for children up to the age of 18.
“The bill does not ban puberty-blocking hormones or any other hormone therapy and does not require a child to take the prescriptions they take,” the press release says.
In addition, Ducey signed SB 1164 that “forbids a doctor to perform an abortion after 15 weeks of gestation, except in a medical emergency.”
Ducey also signed an election integrity accountHB 2492, which requires election workers to validate citizenship before individuals can vote in person or by mail.
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“Election integrity means counting every legal vote and prohibiting any attempt to cast a vote illegally,” Ducey wrote.
Ducey’s ban on transgender athletes comes on the same day the Oklahoma governor signed similar legislation as states across the country grapple with the hot-button issue of student athletes born as men competing in women’s sports based on gender. their gender identity.
Flanked by more than a dozen young female athletes, including his 14-year-old daughter Piper, Oklahoma Republican government Kevin Stitt signed the measure, dubbed the “Save Women’s Sports Act†
“This bill, the Save Women’s Sports Act, is just common sense for us in Oklahoma,” said Stitt, a first-time Republican running for reelection. “When it comes to sports and athletics, girls have to compete against girls. Boys have to compete against boys. And let’s be very clear: that’s all this bill says.”