Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed a bill last Friday that bars biological males from competing with girls in K-12 sports.
Among the 32 states with bills in various stages of the legislative process, five states now have Save Women’s Sports laws on the books: Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Governors in Kansas, North Dakota, and South Dakota vetoed bills, but the latter’s governor, Kristi Noem, issued two executive orders to protect fair competition in sports.
President Joe Biden signed an executive order that calls on government schools to allow boys to compete against girls in sports and share girls’ private spaces like restrooms and locker rooms.
Opponents of laws that ban biological males from competing against girls and women say they’re concerned that the NCAA and other organizations will refuse to hold competitions in those states. Gov. Noem cited this as one reason she refused to sign a bill presented to her. The NCAA, which requires men who want to compete against women to take testosterone-suppression drugs for at least a year, recently announced that it will boycott states with “transgender” bans. A British sports journal concluded that men still outperform women even after taking suppression drugs for a year.