South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem attacked for her refusal to ban transgenders from participating in college sports

Tucker Carlson confronts Noem, saying she is caving into the N.C.A.A.

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An otherwise routine appearance for South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Fox News Monday night quickly turned tense when host Tucker Carlson began asking if she was “caving” to the NCAA by not signing a bill for transgender women athletes.


On Friday, Ms. Noem announced that she would not sign a bill passed by the Republican-controlled state legislature banning transgender girls and women from participating in girls’ or women’s sports at all levels — proposing instead that the restrictions apply to middle school and high school athletic competitions, but not college sports. Source:

Ms. Noem’s goal, she said on Monday, was to avoid punishment by the N.C.A.A. that could be financially damaging to schools and surrounding communities in South Dakota, even though the association has not yet issued an official rebuke to the 20 other states that are enacting or considering similar bills.

“South Dakota’s chances of winning a lawsuit against the N.C.A.A. are very low,” Ms. Noem said at a news conference in Pierre, the state capital, on Monday. New York Times.

We favor banning transgender students who were once biologically male from participating in female sports in all schools, including colleges. Transgender males would have an artificial and unfair advantage over women. We agree with supporters of the bill (1217) that say:

The measure is necessary to ensure fairness in girls’ sports in South Dakota after incidents in other states of transgender women getting a competitive advantage over their biological female competitors.

Corporations and business entities opposed to the bill do so for money; They fear boycotts and other steps that may hurt the South Dakota economy.  Noem should reconsider and pass the bill.

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