The North Dakota House has passed a bill that requires all school athletes to compete on the team of their biological sex.
The HB 1298 bill passed the lower chamber 65-26 and goes to the State Senate next.
Bill Co-Sponsor State Rep. Kathy Skroch, a Republican, said “this is about girls competing with girls, ensuring equal opportunity and keeping a level playing field in girls’ sports.”
“It upholds 50 years of progress and protecting women against discrimination and advocates for the preservation of biological standards,” she added.
State Rep. Ben Koppelman, the bill’s primary sponsor, also a Republicans said “some have said this bill just doesn’t follow the science. We’ve got science going back well before the United States that backs this. This isn’t new science. Men and women didn’t just cease to exist. They’ve existed for a long time and we’ve been able to recognize the differences.”
Meanwhile Democrat State House Minority Leader Josh Boschee lamented the bill, saying school sports are about learning about yourself, being part of a team, solving problems, figuring out life. But we’re gonna tell some kids you can’t.”
He continued “and even though most of those kids aren’t gonna go up for high school athletics because it’s not within their skillset or desirability, they’re gonna see the action made by this body and it’s going to play into some unfortunate other decisions that they’ll make.”