Henry McMaster, governor of South Carolina, this week signed the Save Women’s Sports Act into law, barring men and boys from competing against women and girls on sports teams, and vice versa, in government schools, colleges, and private schools that compete against government school teams.
“The Save Women’s Sports Act is now the law of the land in South Carolina,” Gov. McMaster said. “We have to do everything we can to protect the young men and women in our state who choose to pursue athletic competition, and that’s why I proudly signed this bill into law yesterday.”
From Fox News:
McMaster also signs the law after a federal district court temporarily blocked the enforcement of two Biden mandates that would force both nonprofit and for-profit religious employers and healthcare providers to pay for and perform transgender medical procedures and counseling.
District Judge Daniel M. Traynor of the U.S. District Court of North Dakota ruled that the Christian Employers Alliance “has shown a likelihood of success on the merits” in its case.
“No government agency ought to be in the business of evaluating the sincerity of another’s religious beliefs,” Traynor wrote.
Save Women’s Sports reported that 16 states have passed similar laws, and almost every state has introduced such measures. The first state was Idaho in 2020. The legislature saw what was coming and sent the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act to Governor Brad Little’s desk. But a court blocked the law. The matter is still pending.
A group of high school girls in Connecticut in 2020 filed a lawsuit against the state and a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education when the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference changed its policy to allow boys to compete on girls’ sports team.
Each of the girls, who ran track, were cheated out of victories. Selina Soule missed out on a regional final because boys competing as “girls” knocked her out of contention. Alanna Smith was discouraged going into races, because she knew she wouldn’t win. Chelsea Mitchell would have come in first place in a state championship in the women’s 55-meter indoor track competition but for two males coming in first and second place.
President Donald Trump’s Departments of Justice and Education defended the girls, but all that changed when Joe Biden took office. A federal court also dismissed their lawsuit.
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