Gov. Noem Announces New & Improved Bill to Ban Males from Competing in Girls’ Sports

Gabriel Hays | December 14, 2021
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Republican South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem understands the very real difference between male and female genders and knows that for girls to have a fair chance in school athletics, biological males must not be allowed on female sports teams. 

That’s why the governor has recently released a draft of a bill that will keep boys and girls on separate sports teams in South Dakota schools. The draft aims to codify an executive order already put in place by Noem earlier this year. 

In a statement written from the Governor’s Office on December 14, Noem announced the “Fairness in Girls’ Sports Legislation,” a proposed law which will “defend fairness in girls’ sports at both the K-12 and collegiate level.”

As other places in the country seem intent on allowing biological males to compete in women’s sports for the sake of inclusivity, Noem’s efforts are a much needed bit of sanity.

In the governor’s statement, she explained that the legislation – which is still just in draft form – states, “Only female athletes, based on their biological sex, shall participate in any team, sport, or athletic event designated as being for females, women, or girls.”

And, for the sake of clarity, the legislation states that biological sex is “the sex listed on the student's official birth certificate issued at or near the time of the athlete’s birth.”

Of course, you and I know that, but in the woke new world, it helps to restate fundamental truths and perhaps legislate them so that a six foot three “girl” doesn’t break every female record in the book.

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Furthermore, the proposed bill explicitly states that “any interscholastic, intercollegiate, intramural, or club athletic team, sport, or athletic event that is sponsored or sanctioned by an accredited school, school district, an athletic association or organization” must be labeled as for “females, women, or girls; males, men, or boys; OR listed as 'coeducational or mixed.'”

So, if there were to be any biological male identifying as a “she” on a girls' sports team, that team could only be labeled as “mixed.” There, that should be clear enough.

In addition, the governor’s statement explained that this new draft has been made to replace a similar but not as legally sound bill which was proposed in 2020. 

“This legislation does not have the problematic provisions that were included in last year’s House Bill 1217,” the statement read, adding that HB 1217 would have led to many lawsuits for the state and for families affected by the bill. 

“Those flawed provisions would have led to litigation for our state, as well as for the families of young South Dakota athletes – male and female alike,” it stated.

Provided the bill is passed by the South Dakota House of Representatives and Senate (and as long as Noem doesn't change her mind) there will be another state in the union with some much-needed sanity on this issue.