White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki took to Twitter on Wednesday to express her disapproval at a slew of bills passed in Oklahoma and Arizona to protect children from harmful surgeries, to protect women's sports, and to protect the unborn.
"Today, four extreme and harmful bills were signed into law in Oklahoma and Arizona, three targeting transgender youth (2 AZ, 1 OK) and one reproductive health care (AZ). These laws are unacceptable and we won’t stop fighting for justice and equality," wrote Psaki.
In Arizona, Governor Doug Ducey signed SB 1165 and SB 1138 into law on Wednesday. The first one requires students to play on sports teams that match their biological sex. The latter bill bans gender reassignment surgeries on those under 18.
Oklahoma passed a similar sports bill on Wednesday. The "Save Women’s Sports Act, or SB 2, also requires students to play on teams that match their biological sex.
The reproduction time health care bill referenced by Psaki is Arizona SB 1164, which bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, with exceptions made for medical emergencies where the mother’s life is placed at risk.
A number of states across the country have passed similar laws, whether they be laws placing limits on abortions, or protecting women’s sports from male competitors.
Earlier this month, Idaho became the first state to pass a law similarly mirroring one put in place in Texas, which bans abortions past six weeks. Exemptions have been made for medical emergencies, rape, and incest.
West Virginia recently passed a law banning abortions of fetuses that have been diagnosed with physical or intellectual disabilities.
The bill states that abortions can not be administered solely on the results of genetic testing that find the fetus has the presence of Down Syndrome or other disabilities. Exemptions are permitted in cases of medical emergencies or severe fatal conditions.
Florida has also passed a law placing limits on abortions. The bill prohibits abortions past the 15 week mark, with exemptions being made only in the cases where the mother is at risk of impairment or death.
In recent months, states have also passed a number of bills establishing protections for women’s sports from biological male athletes.
In addition to Arizona and Oklahoma, South Dakota passed SB 46 early last month, which states, in similar fashion to the other bills, that athletes should play on a team that reflects their biological sex.
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