Governor Kim Reynolds (R-IA) has signed legislation that will immediately prohibit transgender women and girls from competing in female sports. This law will cover sports offered by all Iowa schools, colleges, and universities.
According to the Des Moines Register, the passage of the bill has already gathered significant criticism. Many have spoken out saying it discriminates against transgender girls and violates civil rights. Legal experts expect this legislation to end up in court. However, Reynolds said the law is “a fairness issue.”
Those who support this law have said the fairness issue comes from the athletic advantages for transgender girls. Iowa has now become the 10th Republican-led state to restrict transgender athletes participation in sports. Reynolds connected the newly signed law to what she called Iowa’s “impressive legacy of advancing women’s equality.”
The Governor said, “Great things happen when women have access to the fair and equal playing field they deserve. But what would it say about commitment to this principle if we let actual playing fields – the courts, fields, rinks, pools and tracks of youth and collegiate sports – be tilted in favor of biological males with inherent physical advantages?”
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