In the time since our last contact, both chambers of the South Dakota State Legislature have passed House Bill (H.B.) 1217, which defends female athletes by banning biological males from competing against women and girls in athletic leagues across the state.
In addition, Governor Kristi Noem has confirmed her intention to sign the legislation into law, tweeting just yesterday that she’s “very excited to sign this bill very soon.”
This is a fantastic victory for women and girls across South Dakota, and yet another blow to Joe Biden and the far left’s radical agenda to abandon biology in favor of identity politics!
South Dakota will now join a growing list of states adopting similar legislation in response to Joe Biden's executive order allowing biological males to participate in females' sports and athletics, and it’s up to us to let Gov. Noem know that, we, too, support this critical legislation and her decision to sign it into law!
Please take action today and contact Governor Noem in one easy step using the simple contact form that LifeSite is making available here.
It’s called Voter Voice and it will automatically link you to Governor Noem's email and Twitter accounts.
It only takes one click of a button, and you won't have to look up any contact details.
It is clear that Governor Noem has women and girls’ backs, and it’s time to let her know we have hers, too, and support her decision to sign this bill into law ASAP.
While legal challenges may block the law from taking effect immediately, there couldn’t be a better time to make our voices heard in support of our state’s female athletes!
Individual states are our last line of defense against the left’s attack on female athletes and biology in general. Let’s help South Dakota put Joe Biden on notice that his radical agenda will not be tolerated!
Please contact Governor Noem, and thank her for support of H.B. 1217 and for protecting the rights of women and girls across South Dakota!
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Please take a moment to review the content from our original appeal to South Dakotans:
Biological boys do not belong in girls’ sports.
That’s why we’re asking you to take swift action to contact your state legislators to tell them to fight the Biden Administration’s renewed attack on girls’ sports.
This is not a radical thing to say, and it’s also not a matter of attacking boys who are confused about their sex.
This is a matter of fairness, plain and simple.
But, Joe Biden has just reintroduced the horrendous Obama-era policy which permits biological boys to compete in girls’ sports.
…And, it allows biological boys back into girls’ bathrooms and locker rooms.
This must NEVER become the norm in America, and that’s why we’re calling on you to contact your state legislators to ensure that’s not what happens in South Dakota.
Please take urgent action and contact your State Senator or House Member in one easy step using the simple contact form that LifeSite is making available here.
It’s called Voter Voice and it will automatically match you to your representative’s email and Twitter accounts.
With one click, your message is sent directly to your representative(s), without having to look up any of their contact details. Additionally you will have the option to call their office.
This policy is beyond outrageous…it’s dangerous, unscientific, and tyrannical.
It also undermines the very nature of our meritocracy, where you work hard (train hard) and are rewarded for your hard work.
Very simply put, it will be the end of girls’ sports, cruelly and ironically ended by the Democratic Party.
The only way to fight back against Biden’s extreme executive order is for individual states to take action NOW, and South Dakota legislators can set a national standard for how best to defend the rights of students and young female athletes.
But we must do our part, too.
You can help by taking a few minutes to contact your state legislators and requesting that they stand up for the rights of students and female athletes by adopting new guidelines at the state level that challenge Biden’s extreme executive order.
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The order states: “Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports…all persons should receive equal treatment under the law, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation."
This new set of guidelines represents an all-out attack on female students and athletes, a blatant rejection of science, and an obvious effort to advance a radical agenda to un-even the playing field for girls at a formative stage in life.
When President Trump took office, his administration instituted new guidelines that revoked the Obama-era policy allowing gender-confused students to use the bathroom of their choice in schools, regardless of their biological sex, under the threat of losing federal funds.
The Trump Administration’s policy instead prioritized students’ right to privacy, and freed individual states from being forced into making these radical changes without losing federal funding for schools.
This policy, in particular, would make an excellent guidepost as to how South Dakota's legislators can approach this matter at the state level.
By contrast, the new Biden policy removes these protections, not only allowing biological boys to reenter the bathroom of their choosing in schools that receive federal funds, but also permitting them to compete in girls’ sports so long as they ‘identify’ as a girl.
Student athletes like Selina Soule, a high school track star who made national headlines last year when she filed suit against the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) for implementing a similar policy that allows biological boys who ‘identify’ as girls to compete in girls’ sports in her state, will be most negatively impacted by Biden’s extreme guidelines.
Being forced to compete against biological males in school sports and athletic competitions will not only significantly disadvantage girls due to differences in physical structure (as determined biologically), but will also discourage them from participating in the first place.
It also eliminates any possibility for fairness when it comes to consideration for athletic scholarships and accolades.
And, it puts girls in harm’s way within the context of contact sports.
Years of hard work and training on these athletes’ part should NOT be met with such flagrant disregard by their government.
Please contact your South Dakota state legislators today!
Advocating for and eventually adopting such reforms will prove an important step forward in defending the rights of students and young athletes against governmental attacks, and could very well lead to other states following South Dakota's lead.
Please contact your State Senator and House Member as soon as possible, and request that he or she take action to defend students and young athletes by adopting state guidelines that safeguard their rights in the classroom, the restroom, and the locker room.
South Dakota students must not fall victim to extreme social engineering, and their ability to maintain personal privacy and compete on a level playing field in school sports and athletics must be reaffirmed legislatively as soon as possible.
Please help deliver this message to them.
It couldn’t be more simple. Just fill in your details and contact your State Senator and House Member with this urgent message. Thank you!