March 30, 2021

Gov. Noem Issues Executive Orders After Vetoing Bill to Save Girls’ Sports – Statement

The following is attributable to Autumn Leva, Vice President of Strategy for Family Policy Alliance:

“After days of scrambling to recover from the backlash when she partially vetoed South Dakota’s bill to save girls’ sports, Gov. Noem’s executive orders last night show she’s understanding how important these protections are for all female athletes in South Dakota. But now it’s time to put that understanding into action—giving female athletes real protections in the law.

“When Governor Noem gutted the legislature’s strong bill, she cut out protections for college female athletes, leaving many wondering why athletes that achieve the honor of college-level competition should be stripped of the protections that enabled them to get there in the first place. Her executive orders now recognize collegiate women. But, they neglect to give South Dakota’s girls and women any real means of enforcing their protections.

“We hope Governor Noem’s reignited compassion for college-level female athletes hints at a willingness to get back to work with South Dakota legislators to pass strong and meaningful protections for all South Dakota girls and women during a special session.”

Media Contact:

Robert Noland, (719) 308-2822, Media@FamilyPolicyAlliance.com


Family Policy Alliance is an alliance-building ministry that advances biblical citizenship and promotes good public policy to protect religious freedom, families, and life.



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