While many say forcing girls to compete against transgender athletes is unfair, Fox News reported this month that the Biden administration is threatening to withhold funding for school lunches from those jurisdictions that ban it.
However, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem told the network that she won’t be intimidated. During a recent interview, the Republican laid out her plans for a lawsuit.
Noem says the issue is one of “basic fairness”
“Literally what they’re saying is they’re going to take food off of our children’s plates if we don’t comply with their liberal agenda,” Noem told Fox News Digital, adding, “And for us in South Dakota, it’s always been a basic fairness issue.”
“What’s concerning to me is that they want to see this type of agenda go forward and clearly the people of South Dakota don’t,” Noem said.
“We just believe that only girls should be planning girls sports, and we want to give our young women an opportunity to be successful and compete in sports on a level playing field,” she stressed.
“This is really tragic situation the administration is pushing down our throats,” the governor went on to complain.
“I’m protecting our way of life”
Noem characterized the school lunch threat as being “such an overreach of the federal government,” noting that “we’ve been down this path before.”
“And that’s one of the reasons that I think it’s important for me to do my job, and to make sure that I’m protecting our way of life but also protecting fairness in girls’ sports in our state,” she concluded.
The inherent advantage that transgender athletes have over biologically female students has been demonstrated through the victories seen by University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas, with even some liberal news outlets are beginning to take notice.
Sports physiologist Dr. Ross Tucker recently told The New York Times that Thomas’ success “is the manifestation of the scientific evidence,” adding, “The reduction in testosterone did not remove her biological advantage.”
However, Democrats seem unconcerned by the prospect of girls being denied the opportunity to operate on fair terms.
Fox News quoted Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Kristen Clarke as saying last April that banning transgender athletes from playing in girls’ sports is “wrong and it’s against the law.”