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Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signs a bill banning transgender girls from female sports teams and women from them.

Kim Reynolds, Iowa Governor, signed a bill into Law Thursday banning transgender girls from participating in school-affiliated women's sports teams. 

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Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signs a bill banning transgender girls from female sports teams and women from them.

This legislation is effective immediately.

In a statement, Reynolds declared that "This is a victory in girls' sports in Iowa." No amount of talent, training, or effort can compensate for the physical advantages that males have over their female counterparts. It is simply part of human biology. It's a violation of inclusivity to force females against males, and it's completely unfair."
The new law requires that athletic events sponsored by public or private schools, community colleges, NCAA-affiliated colleges, universities, and NCAA- and NAIA affiliated colleges and universities be classified as female, male, or coeducational "based on the sex of the students participating in the event." Only athletes who have "official birth certificates" listing them as females will be permitted to participate in school sports, athletic events or teams that are specifically designated for girls or women.

Reynolds stated that Iowa has a long history of supporting women's equality and maintained that the new law promotes fairness.

Reynolds, who was a mother to three daughters and now a grandmother to three young girls, said that she was worried about the bill's necessity at all during a Thursday bill signing ceremony. It's difficult to believe that anyone who cares about women's rights and girls would support anything less.

Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT+ advocacy group, stated that Iowa is ignoring and undermining its historical non-discrimination protections.

"Like anti-equality politicians all over the country, Governor Reynolds attacks some of the most vulnerable members in society to gain her support during an election year," JoDee Winterhof, senior vice president of Human Rights Campaign, said in a statement on Thursday. "It's outrageous."

Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation also condemned the law.

She tweeted that "As a parent my heart goes out for all the Iowa youth who were just cruelly kicked from school sports by the unjustified laws," on Thursday.

Iowa is the latest state that has enacted legislation to allow transgender students to play in sports. Texas, Mississippi, South Dakota, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Florida also prohibit transgender athletes playing on teams that are aligned with their gender.

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