NC Legislature overrides governorís vetoes, protects women, children, parents | Eastern North Carolina Now

Press Release:

    The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Matt Sharp, director of the ADF Center for Legislative Advocacy, regarding the North Carolina Legislature's override Wednesday of three bills vetoed by Gov. Roy Cooper: H. 574, a bill that protects opportunities for women and girls in athletics by ensuring they are not forced to compete against males playing on women's sports teams; H. 808, a bill that protects children from dangerous, life-altering "gender transition" medical procedures, and S. 49, a bill that protects parents' rights and transparency in their children's education:

    "We commend the North Carolina Legislature for overriding the governor's misguided vetoes. In doing so, they are securing a level playing field for North Carolina's female athletes, protecting children from life-altering, experimental 'gender transition' surgeries and drugs, and preserving parents' right to direct the care, education, and upbringing of their children.

    "When the law ignores biological differences, women and girls bear the brunt of the harm. As we continue to witness increasing incidents nationwide of males dominating girls' athletic competitions, it's imperative to affirm that biology, not identity, is what matters in athletics. North Carolina now joins the 22 other states that have acted to preserve fair competition for all female athletes, ensuring they will not face the losses that come with allowing males to compete in women's sports.

    "Denying the truth that we are either male or female also hurts vulnerable children. Young people deserve to live in a society that doesn't subject them to life-altering, experimental 'gender transition' drugs and surgeries that have not been proven to be safe or effective and can result in permanent sterilization. That's why other countries-like Sweden, England, and Finland-are reversing course to curtail the use of dangerous 'gender transition' procedures and better protect children from the bad science that has already devastated countless lives.

    "By overriding the governor's veto, the Legislature also ensured North Carolina parents have greater access to the curriculum, policies, and information that affects their children. Public schools have no right to shut parents out of their child's education and development. This legislation makes clear that the government cannot interfere with parents' right to direct the care, education, and upbringing of their children."

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