Surrounded by smiling female athletes, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the legislation March 3, calling the Save Girls’ Sports Act a “victory for girls’ sports in Iowa,” LifeSiteNews reported.
With her signature, Iowa became the 11th state to pass a law banning biological males from competing in women's sports.
Meridian Baldacci of the Colorado-based Family Policy Alliance tells AFN she is “optimistic” other state legislators are aware of the issue and lawmakers are crafting a similar bill, making twelve states and more that are taking action.
“And it's no wonder our states are pushing back,” she says, “ and saying, Enough is enough, we're going to protect female athletes in our state."
The Iowa bill covers both high school and collegiate women's athletics, and Baldacci points out that many young women depend on sports scholarships for a chance to attend college.
Once on a college team, she also points out, there are professional scouts watching them work hard for a chance at professional sports.
All of those plans can be crushed, however, by a male athlete such as the University of Pennsylvania swimmer Will Thomas. The college senior, who says he is female, is crushing his female opponents and setting swim meet records as "Lia."
LifeSiteNews reported the bill passed in the Iowa senate along party lines.