Fox News reported on Wednesday that Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has just signed two pieces of legislation that are likely to leave many on the left feeling outraged.
According to the network, one bill requires that participants in girls’ sports be biologically female and another that outlaws gender reassignment surgery for minors.
“Today I signed S.B. 1138 and S.B. 1165, legislation to protect participation and fairness for female athletes and to ensure that individuals undergoing irreversible gender reassignment surgery are of adult age,” Ducey explained in a letter to Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs.
Governor points to “irreversible nature” of gender surgery
Ducey referred to the bills as “common-sense” and said that restrictions in S.B. 1165 on who can participate in female athletics are needed so “that the girls and young women who have dedicated themselves to their sport do not miss out on hard-earned opportunities.”
However, the legislation does not prevent transgender athletes from competing in sports that are designated as being for boys or those that are open to both genders.
Ducey insisted that the move is “narrowly targeted to address” and continues to ensure that transgender individuals receive the same “dignity, respect and kindness as every individual in our society.”
The governor also went on to defend S.B. 1138, which states that a “physician or other health care professional may not provide gender transition procedures to any individual under eighteen years of age.”
Ducey argued in his letter that “[t]he irreversible nature of these procedures underscores why such a decision should be made as an adult, not as a child, and further supports the importance of this legislation.”
Fox News noted that one person who isn’t impressed by Ducey’s decision is Angela Hughey. Hughey leads ONE Community, an organization that fights “for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ) individuals and their allies.”
Left-wing activists say Ducey has “put the most vulnerable” at risk
Hughey was quoted as telling KTAR News, “My biggest concern is that the governor has decided to put the most vulnerable members of Arizona’s LGBTQ community at greater risk.”
“It is clear that he does not understand that as governor his duty as the CEO of the state of Arizona is to protect all Arizonans,” she said of Ducey.
“We know that LGBTQ youth, and in particular trans youth, have a higher rate of suicidal ideation, and so we know that these are our most vulnerable kids, and we really need to do everything we can to make sure they have the opportunity to thrive as the young people that they are,” Hughey added.