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Oklahoma protects integrity of girls' sports by requiring students to declare their biological sex before team play

The form, which comes as part of Woodall Public School’s 2022-23 athletic policy, asks parents or students of legal age to state what their biological sex was at their time of birth.

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Public schools in Oklahoma will now require students in kindergarten through college to complete an affidavit stating their biological sex to be allowed to participate in school sports.

One of these affidavit forms, from Woodall Public Schools, circulated on social media after Erin Watson, executive director at the reproductive justice group Reproaction shared the form on her Twitter page.

Do you understand what is happening? This has nothing to do with encouraging girls to be athletes. This is totalitarianism. It is the white nationalist agenda. The anti-LGBTQ agenda. The anti-abortion agenda. It is all the same agenda," wrote Watson. This is real. Shared with permission."

The form, which comes as part of Woodall Public School’s 2022-23 athletic policy, asks parents or students of legal age to state what their biological sex was at their time of birth.

The form also required both the affiant as well as a notary to sign the form.

According to Fox News, any changes in the status of a student’s biological sex is required to be reported to the school by the affiant within 30 days of the change.

"Woodall Public Schools is following a new Oklahoma law, and the affidavit is required by the state statute," Woodall Schools Superintendent Ginger Knight told Fox News in an email.

The affidavit comes in response to the state’s Save Women’s Sports Act, which was signed into law in March by Republican Governor Kevin State.

The state’s law requires that students compete on sports teams that align with their biological sex rather than gender identity, and specifies that sports designated for "females, women or girls" would not be open to biological male students.

"When it comes to sports and athletics: Girls should compete against girls. Boys should compete against boys," Stitt said at the time of signing. "Let’s be very clear — that’s all this bill says."

"We are protecting women’s sports. We’re ensuring a level playing field for female athletes who work hard to train hard, who are committed to their team, who have dreams to be No. 1 in their sport, who deserve a fair competition," he continued. "The reality is, men are biologically different than women."

Several civil rights groups, including the ACLU, have taken issue with Oklahoma’s law.

"Promoting baseless fears about trans athletes does nothing to address those real problems," ACLU of Oklahoma executive director Tamya Cox-Touré said in a statement. "Ultimately, SB2 violates the United States Constitution and federal civil rights law, puts Oklahoma at risk of losing federal funding and harms transgender youth, all to solve a problem that does not exist."

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