Arizona Governor Chooses to Protect Vulnerable Children from Exploitation and Ensure Fairness in Sports for Women

We must appreciate our Republican governors while we have them. These governors and the decisions red-state legislatures make are part of the reason why leftists flee their high-tax, high-crime blue state cities.

Like Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida, Governor Doug Ducey of Arizona is pro-parent, cares about protecting children, and wants to protect fairness in women’s and girls’ sports. He signed a series of bills on Wednesday.

“S.B. 1165 creates a statewide policy to ensure that biologically female athletes at Arizona public schools, colleges, and universities have a level playing field to compete,” Gov. Ducey said in a letter (PDF). “Every young Arizona athlete should have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities that give them a sense of belonging and allow them to grow and thrive.”

In Arizona, men and boys are barred from competing on sports teams designated for women and girls. The state also bars minors from irreversible “gender reassignment” surgery.

Gov. Ducey signed a bill that bans abortions after 15 weeks.

“Every human life is valuable and worthy of protection,” Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Denise Burke said. “Arizona has taken a commonsense step toward protecting unborn children and their mothers from the harms of late-term abortion. This bill advances Arizona’s important interest in protecting the lives of unborn children who have a beating heart and can move, taste, see, and feel pain.”

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