Sometimes political issues can get very muddled. Opponents of the Fairness in Girls’ Sports bill are trying to do just that with HB1298: muddle it.

They have created a huge closet full of “bogeymen”, including apocalyptic adverse economic impacts, politically correct victimhood scenarios, a “ban” of some sort that prevents some kids from playing in all sports, the specter of girls not being able to play on boys’ teams, and more. I could spend the next 1,000 words demonstrating that all these fears are unfounded or overblown, but we’ve done it before and it doesn’t seem to matter to them. The Left wants us to fixate on these issues, because it prevents us from seeing the real issue:


Biological boys beat biological girls at sports, even when they identify as transgender
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Period. The end.

 

As a result, girls across North Dakota are going to be the victims of this discrimination if HB1298 is not passed. That’s the whole message. It’s that simple.

Make no mistake, this is our watershed moment to protect our girls. Whether we protect them or abandon them now, it will be part of our lasting legacy. I don’t want to have to tell my daughter or future granddaughter that I didn’t value her enough to protect the rights that generations of women won for her over the years.

If this issue matters to you, if you want to make a difference, then please email or call Governor Burgum and ask him to sign HB1298 into law, for the sake of North Dakota girls. You can reach his office at (701) 328-2200 or you can email him directly using the following link. Sign HB1298 into Law.

NOW is the time to be involved. Not tomorrow. Not next week. It will be too late then. Please take just a couple minutes and let Governor Burgum know you value our girls and hope that he will protect their opportunities and accomplishments.

Thank you!


Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

 

 

We just won two of the biggest victories this session! The Fairness in Girls’ Sports bill, HB1298, passed both the ND House and Senate in the past couple days! This represents a MASSIVE victory for girls throughout our state. Both chambers effectively said that we need a level playing field in girls’ high school sports, and that means biological girls should only have to compete against other biological girls.

We want to thank our legislators for taking this brave stand that is unpopular with the social agenda of the Biden Administration and its adherents. In North Dakota we pride ourselves on our common sense, and it came through loud and clear today with this vote.

So this is it then, right?

Not quite yet, but we are really close. Now it goes to Governor Burgum for his signature. Governor Burgum needs to know how strongly you feel about protecting our girls.

Here’s what we need you to help with.

  1. Please write a few sentences in a Facebook post about why keeping girls’ sports for girls is important to you. Make it personal, by perhaps talking about your own participation in girls’ sports or that of your daughters or granddaughters. Help convince Governor Burgum that North Dakota girls should be recognized for their hard work and determination.
  2. If possible, add a picture of your athlete with her sports medal, participating in a sport, etc. Nothing fancy – you can just grab a picture from your Facebook album.
  3. Please tag our Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota Facebook page (@FPAofNorthDakota) in your post, as well as Governor Burgum’s page (@GovernorDougBurgum).
  4. Forward this email to everyone who shares your values on this important issue. We need to have overwhelming participation on this.

PLEASE DO NOT WAIT TO DO THIS! WE DO NOT KNOW WHEN THIS BILL WILL REACH GOVERNOR BURGUM FOR HIS SIGNATURE!

Another way you can also help encourage Governor Burgum to sign HB1298 into law is by calling or emailing him. You can reach his office at: (701) 328-2200 or you can email him directly using the following link: https://www.governor.nd.gov/contact

Thanks again for your help. Together, we can help keep North Dakota a place where common sense rules and girls can compete to their full potential!

For North Dakota Girls,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

The battle to save women’s sports in West Virginia has reached its final stage: Gov. Jim Justice’s desk. The corporate and national pressure for him to veto this good bill is intense, and that’s why we’re asking you to take a moment to call him today!

House Bill 3293 would protect female athletic opportunities from being hijacked by biological males. It’s about both science and fairness:

Please take 30 seconds to call and leave a message for Gov. Justice, asking him to sign HB 3293 to protect girls’ and women’s sports.

(304) 558-2000

You can also leave a written message for him here.

Thanks for speaking up!

John Paulton
Mobilization Manager

Kansas is one step closer to ensuring that women can compete on a level playing field. Yesterday, Kansas became the fifth state in which the legislature has ensured that girls opportunities in sports will be protected through the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act. The Senate passed the bill 26-11. The House passed the bill 75-44 in a late-night vote Thursday.

The bill is headed to the Governor’s desk. The Governor should sign this bill into law and ensure that women’s opportunities do not evaporate.

But she needs to hear from you! It’s easy on our action center.

Senator Renee Erickson and Representative Barb Wasinger powerfully stood for girls on the floor. They were joined by grandparents, parents, and former student athletes all spoke about how important this law is for our girls.

We cannot sit idly by and let opportunities for our girls be erased. In fact, a bill that re-enforces that girls will have a place in Kansas should draw women to Kansas as a place to run a business and raise their families.

Governor Kelly has not been known to be a pro-family governor, but this bill has support from Democrats and radical feminists across the country.

Ask her to support our girls today!

For a fair playing field,

Brittany Jones, Esq.
Director of Advocacy

UPDATE: Moments ago, a House-Senate Conference Committee passed an updated version of the Save Girls’ Sports bill. That means that both the House and Senate will be voting on the bill again very soon. See below for details, and speak up now to your legislators!

Around the country, the Left is forcing female athletes to compete against biological males. Let’s not let that happen to North Dakota girls!

This is a common-sense fairness issue. When biological males are allowed to compete on girls’ sports teams, they frequently rob girls of championships, state records, and scholarship opportunities.

The House passed the original HB1298 bill by an overwhelming margin of 65-26, but the Senate voted to gut the bill and turn it into simply a study. Now, HB1298 has emerged from the conference committee as a bill very similar to what the House passed, which is great news.

Votes on this version of the bill could occur in the House and Senate very soon. Now is the time to contact your Senator and Representatives to protect ND girls, which is easily done through our message center. When you take action, your message will be sent to both your state Senator and two state Representatives – all your legislators at once.

Thank you for your help on this important bill and for protecting our North Dakota girls from discrimination! Please spread the word to others today!

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

The battle to save women’s sports has reached Texas, but a committee chairman has so far declined to give it a hearing! Will you take a minute to speak up to him?

State Rep. Valoree Swanson introduced The Fair Play Act (HB 1458) that would protect female athletic opportunities from being hijacked by biological males.

But more than a month after she introduced it, it has yet to be scheduled for a hearing – despite having nearly 80 coauthors, which is more than half of the Texas House!

Along with our allies at Texas Values, we are asking you to take a minute to call or email Rep. Chris Paddie (R-Marshall), Chairman of the House State Affairs Committee. Please politely ask him to promptly schedule HB 1458 for a hearing.

You can reach him directly at chris.paddie@house.texas.gov and/or by phone at (512) 463-0556.

The Fair Play Act is about both science and fairness:

Here is sample language that you can draw from for either an email or a short phone message to Chairman Paddie:

I am very concerned about the growing trend of biological males competing in high school and college athletics and stealing championships, trophies, and scholarships from female athletes. Many states have already solved this problem by passing legislation to keep sports participation based on biological sex. It is time for Texas to take action and address this issue. 

Please schedule The Fair Play Act, HB 1458 by Rep. Valoree Swanson, for a public hearing in State Affairs immediately. As a concerned Texan, I want my voice to be heard on this issue, and I also want this bill to pass this legislative session. The bill has strong support in the Texas House with more than 76 coauthors.

Please stand up for girls all across Texas and schedule a hearing for HB 1458 immediately! Thank you for your service to our state.

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John Paulton
Mobilization Manager

 

 

It’s the whirlwind of the last week of the regular session. This is the week where bills are repackaged and brought before the legislators to vote up or down. There are several topics that I want to highlight for you today!

Your legislators need to hear from you again on the following:

  1. Educational Freedom – An educational freedom bill was passed through the House last week. It has been tightened and repackaged in S.B. 175. It should be headed to the floor soon! Contact your legislators today and let them know to support this bill. It’s easy on our action page.
  2. Fairness in Women’s Sports Act is still alive, but we need your help to get it over the line. This is a winning issue – which is why the Left is attacking it so hard. Women should have every opportunity. This is not an area we can cave to those who do not have women’s best interest at heart. We have the momentum! Reach out to your legislators on our action page today! Let’s score a victory for girls in Kansas.
  3. Election Integrity – The Senate debated and passed H.B. 2183 last week which will add protections to our election process to ensure the integrity our voting process moving forward. These are common sense measures to ensure that there aren’t loopholes for bad actors to exploit. You can find your legislators on our action page.

We are so close to the end of session. There are a lot of moving parts at this point in the session. We are so thankful for your partnership as we work to protect your family values in Kansas. It’s been a very successful session so far, but there is still a lot of work to be done before we get to the finish line.

Running with endurance,

Brittany Jones, Esq.
Director of Advocacy

What do you think is going to happen over the next two years? Will our country look the same when it comes to core values? Will our state?

I’m not prone to crying the sky is falling, but I’m really worried. There is little to stop the Biden Administration from issuing more Executive Orders or pushing liberal legislation through a Democratic Congress.

However, here is the part of the story that worries me the most as a North Dakotan. Our legislature meets every other year, so the next legislative session will start in January of 2023. Between sessions, interim committees meet, minor legislative matters are dealt with, etc., but laws are not passed and put into our Century Code during that time. This produces a very dangerous situation – the Biden Administration’s actions coupled with a two-year lull in our state’s legislative responsiveness. We will effectively be sitting in the bleachers for two years, watching the federal government change the country and our state day-by-day, with very little recourse.

That is why we need our legislators to be bold. We cannot wait for two years. To use the example of HB1298, the Fairness in Girls’ Sports bill, the vote on that issue must happen now and cannot be literally studied to death and potentially delayed indefinitely, as some in the Senate want. Our legislators need to take decisive action now, this session, and not wait on the sidelines for the next two years, watching as girls’ sports become a circus of meaningless feel-good performances.

Legislators tend to be rather cautious folks and I have heard many times that we don’t need to address something legislatively until it’s a problem. I get what they’re saying, and sometimes I agree. However, most of the agenda the Biden Administration is pushing is a virtual certainty. It already is a problem! Look at the speed it has changed the landscape at the federal level. We know more is coming and we cannot wait. If we don’t do anything right now to fend off the inevitable actions that will undermine our values over the next two years, we have nobody to blame but ourselves.

Thank you for continuing to respond to our calls for help by contacting Senators and Representatives. That is what helps give them boldness on tough issues. Your input as a constituent and resident of North Dakota helps encourage them to staunchly protect your values. They truly need to hear from you.

I sincerely respect and deeply appreciate our legislators, including those who oppose Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota on issues. They are trying to do the right thing and represent their constituents’ values. Help them out, and make sure they know what matters to you this session. Make sure they know you want them to be bold, and not take what appears to be the easy way out.

The next two years can play out in very different ways. Why don’t we draw the map of where North Dakota will go, instead of letting someone else draw it for us.

Freedom lies in being bold.
– Robert Frost

For North Dakota values,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

 

 

 

 

P.S. Your financial help will allow us do precisely what I talked about – get laws passed this session that will protect our state and encourage legislators to advance your values. Thank you for your support.

Yesterday was disappointing in the fight for the Fairness in Girls’ Sports bill, HB1298, with the North Dakota Senate turning the bill into a Legislative Management study. This would be a study that Legislative Management could choose or not choose to undertake during the interim period between legislative sessions.

That being said, please know that Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota is not giving up on the fight for fairness in girls’ sports this session. The bill, as amended into a study, now goes into conference committee. That means that the House, who voted overwhelmingly to approve the bill (65-26), will need to reconcile their version of the bill with the version the Senate just passed. However, if the Senate’s “study version” prevails, the earliest possible time for the Fairness in Girls’ Sports bill to be implemented would be August of 2023, and that’s only if it is reintroduced next legislative session, passes the House again, passes the Senate, and is signed by Governor Burgum!

As they say, the story goes on, and we will keep you informed. Please continue to pray for this important bill that affirms common sense and your deeply held values. Thank you!

For North Dakota Girls,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has garnered a lot of attention over the last year – much of it for praiseworthy stands that she has taken. So it was disappointing that after initially promising to quickly sign a South Dakota bill that would keep biological boys out of girls’ sports, she has suddenly changed her mind and announced that she plans to veto big parts of it.

It’s no secret that Gov. Noem has national aspirations, so it’s time she hears from a national audience. Would you ask Gov. Noem to fully protect girls’ sports by retracting her veto threat and signing the bill?

Last night, she took to Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show, where she attempted to defend her new position by saying that she needed to accommodate the NCAA to avoid a lawsuit. She claimed she wouldn’t be bullied by the NCAA, yet she already gave in to them without a fight. She likewise derided “conservatives on the right” whom she accused of also trying to bully her.

But what would Gov. Noem’s partial veto actually do? Her action would significantly weaken the legislation in three ways:

  1. Her promised veto removes the enforcement mechanism. It leaves no avenue for a parent or female athlete to take legal action against a liberal school district that decides to ignore the law.
  2. Second, it removes college sports – a giant omission – because of the threat of an NCAA lawsuit and her fear of losing out on hosting conference championships.
  3. Third, it would force reliance on birth certificates for determining who is eligible to participate in girls’ sports. Since it’s possible in South Dakota for someone to change their gender on their birth certificate, this determination method would leave a gaping loophole.

Frankly, her veto would also be unconstitutional. The South Dakota constitution allows the governor to make “style and form” changes, but her veto removes half of the language.

In addition, legal experts who have been engaged on this issue believe that her changes would actually make it MORE likely that the law would lose in a legal challenge – due to the inconsistency between policies for high school and college athletes.

Thankfully, it’s not too late to encourage Gov. Noem to go ahead and sign the original bill.

Thanks for speaking up!

John Paulton
Mobilization Manager