The Arizona legislature voted on Thursday to prohibit sex-change surgeries on children and to ban transgender athletes who were born male from playing on girls' sports teams.
Republican Gov. Doug Ducey has not said if he will sign either of the bills. Earlier this week, GOP governors in Indiana and Utah vetoed similar bills that were intended to protect the rights of women and girls who are athletes.
The debate about transgender athletes has been raging for years, with little girls taking a stand in court for their rights after being forced to race against track athletes who were born male. Then, President Biden signed a controversial executive order that critics said "erased" the rights of girls in favor of transgender rights.
More recently the dominance of transgender collegiate swimmer Will "Lia" Thomas has escalated the debate once again in states across the U.S.
Thomas, who had failed to win while competing as a male collegiate swimmer, changed to a female presentation and was then allowed to join the women's swimming team at the University of Pennsylvania. Thomas went on to dominate women's swimming, recently winning an individual title at the NCAA Women's Division I Swimming Championship last week.
"This bill to me is all about biology," said Republican state Rep. Shawnna Bolick. "In my opinion, it's unfair to allow biological males to compete with biological girls' sports."
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