Ariz. governor angers left by signing bills on abortion, transgenders in sports and sex-change surgery for kids

Gov. Doug Ducey/ Facebook

Rebellion seems to be spreading among the nation’s governors, led by Florida governor Ron DeSantis’ bold stand against homosexual grooming of young children in Florida schools.

Now Arizona’s Gov. Doug Ducey has signed three bills to protect the rights of non-transgender people, the unborn, and minors whose parents or guardians want to subject them to irreversible gender-change surgery.

In its coverage, CBS News attempted to portray the laws as violating the special rights of transgenders, the “right” of mothers to kill their unborn children, and the “right” of children to be turned into transgenders.

One bill signed on March 30 bars men who pretend to be girls and women from competing against actual females on women’s teams at public schools, colleges and universities in Arizona, protecting women’s right to compete in female-only competition. Schools will have to field athletic teams “based on the biological sex of the participating students,” according to Ducey’s office. The law also keeps private schools from allowing transgender women and girls to compete in women’s sports against public schools.

Also among the bills is SB1164, legislation restricting Arizona doctors from performing abortions after 15 weeks except in medical emergencies that threaten “the life and health of the mother.” The law requires doctors performing abortions after 15 weeks to document the reasons and the estimated age of the aborted fetus within 15 days of the procedure. Physicians who break the law will face a class 6 felony charge, the least severe in the state, and could have their license suspended or revoked. Withholding or falsifying required documentation will bring a fine of up to $10,000.

The Supreme Court is set to consider a similar law in Mississippi that prohibits abortions after 15 weeks, with a decision expected this summer.

The third measure signed by Ducey is Senate Bill 1138, which restricts “irreversible” gender-changing surgery for anyone in the state under the age of 18. “These decisions should be made when an individual reaches adulthood,” stated Ducey in a signing letter. “The 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.”

The bill does not prohibit puberty-blocking hormone therapy, nor for children taking any prescribed medication at the time of the bill’s signing to stop that medication.


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