Arizona state House passes bill banning transgender female athletes from school sports

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailFatCamera/iStock(PHOENIX) — The Arizona House of Representatives passed a new bill that if signed into law would ban transgender female athletes from participating in school sports. The “Save Women’s Sports Act,” introduced by Republican Rep. Nancy Barto, would require interscholastic and intramural sports sponsored by educational institutions to explicitly designate sports as for males or females based on a persons’ biological sex.“This bill is about fairness. That’s it. What is fair on the field, the court, the track, and in the pool,” Barto said in a statement to ABC News. House Bill 2706 states that if disputed, “a student may establish the student’s sex by presenting a signed physician’s statement that indicates the student’s sex” and an analysis of the student’s DNA.The bill was first introduced on Feb. 3 and passed in the House one month later along party lines 31-29 after an emotional hours-long debate on Tuesday.Barto cited the biological differences between males and females from lung capacity and muscle mass to testosterone levels that she said give men “an undeniable physical advantage over women in sports.” “That is why we have separated male and female sports. And that is why women have been so successful in achieving greatness on the field, and all the benefits that go with it,” Barto continued. “What has changed is Interscholastic policies allowing biological males identifying as females to compete on women’s teams.” The bill would apply to K-12, community college and universities’ female teams. While Barto and those who voted for the bill agree that this is about keeping a level playing field, opponents argue that it fails to protect LGBTQ kids and transgender youth. Democratic Rep. Daniel Hernandez Jr. took to Twitter after the measure passed in the House and called it “bad for Arizona.”During the hearing, Democratic Rep. Kirsten Engel said, “The impact will not be to protect women’s sports, instead it’s gonna make women’s sports a total battleground of lawsuits.” “It’s gonna bring people out of the corners of the field to cast accusations — the liability here is so broad that I have very severe concerns that some schools will find some excuse to — simply not have games,” she added.There is some protective language in the bill against “retaliation or other adverse action” for students or educational institutions and if violated would allow for legal action. “Any student who is deprived of an athletic opportunity or suffers a direct or indirect harm as a result of a violation of this section has a private cause of action for injunctive relief, damages and any other relief available under law against the educational institution,” the bill states. Despite strong opposition from House Democrats, as well as local and national businesses like the Arizona Diamondbacks, PayPal and Uber, the measure will now make it’s way to the Senate. The office for Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s did not immediately return ABC News’ request for comment on whether he would sign the bill if passed by the Senate. Currently, the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) — the state’s governing body for school sports — has policies in place for transgender athletes to compete “in a manner that is consistent with their gender identity.” The AIA policies and procedures book states that all students eligible to participate in interscholastic athletics should have the opportunity “irrespective of the sex listed on a student’s eligibility for participation in interscholastic athletics or in a gender that does not match the sex at birth.” “The eligibility is granted for the duration of the student’s participation and does not need to be renewed every sport season or school year. All discussion and documentation will be kept confidential, and the proceedings will be sealed unless the student and family make a specific request,” the policy states. The AIA did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment and it is unclear how this policy would be changed if the Senate signs HB 2716 into law. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund March 4, 2020 /Sports News – National Arizona state House passes bill banning transgender female athletes from school sportscenter_img Written bylast_img read more

Dutch Euthanasia – Dutch doctor drugged patient’s coffee and got family to hold her down

first_imgDaily Mail 28 January 2017Family First Comment: The Netherlands introduced the euthanasia law 17 years ago, and since then more than 5,500 people have ended their life, arguing that they are suffering unbearably. One of those who died was a sex abuse victim who suffered severe anorexia, chronic depression and hallucinations, and another was a severe alcoholic.#slipperyslopeA Dutch woman doctor who drugged an elderly woman and then asked her family to hold her down as she fought desperately not to be killed did not break the law, according to medical experts citing the country’s euthanasia legislation.The shocking case was referred to the so-called Regional Review Committee in the Netherlands which admitted that while the case involved some irregularities that merited a reprimand, the female doctor had effectively acted in good faith.However they also added that the case should come to court so that judges can confirm that any other doctor who acts in good faith when providing euthanasia to people with dementia cannot be prosecuted.Regional Review Committee Chairman Jacob Kohnstamm said: ‘I am convinced that the doctor acted in good faith, and we would like to see more clarity on how such cases are handled in the future.’The Netherlands introduced the euthanasia law 17 years ago, and since then more than 5,500 people have ended their life, arguing that they are suffering unbearably. One of those who died was a sex abuse victim who suffered severe anorexia, chronic depression and hallucinations, and another was a severe alcoholic.Every time a doctor performs euthanasia, they have to prepare a report for the coroner who sends the relevant documents to the Regional Review Committee.In the latest controversial incident the unnamed woman, who was over 80, reportedly suffered from dementia and had earlier expressed a desire for euthanasia when she deemed that ‘the time was right’.As her situation deteriorated, it became difficult for her husband to care for her, and she was placed in a nursing home.Medical paperwork showed that she often exhibited signs of fear and anger, and would wander around the building at nights. The nursing home senior doctor was of the opinion that she was suffering intolerably, but that she was no longer in a position where she could confirm that the time was now right for the euthanasia to go ahead.However the doctor was of the opinion that the woman’s circumstances made it clear that the time was now right.The doctor secretly placed a soporific in her coffee to calm her, and then had started to give her a lethal injection.Yet while injecting the woman she woke up, and fought the doctor. The paperwork showed that the only way the doctor could complete the injection was by getting family members to help restrain her.It also revealed that the patient said several times ‘I don’t want to die’ in the days before she was put to death, and that the doctor had not spoken to her about what was planned because she did not want to cause unnecessary extra distress. She also did not tell her about what was in her coffee as it was also likely to cause further disruptions to the planned euthanasia process.The Review Committee concluded that the doctor ‘has crossed the line’ by giving her the first sleeping medicine, and also should have stopped when the woman resisted.The paperwork and the recommendations of the committee are now being considered by prosecutors and health officials.Kohnstamm said he was in favour of a trial: ‘Not to punish the doctor, who acted in good faith and did what she had to do, but to get judicial clarity over what powers a doctor has when it comes to the euthanasia of patients suffering from severe dementia.’It comes at a time when the Netherlands is considering a proposed extension to the law which would give all over-75s the right to assisted suicide.READ MORE: read more

3 Vehicle Car Crash Causes Small Fire, Sends 2 Passengers to MidMichigan Medical Alpena

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisA car crash caused five o’clock rush hour to go into a halt.It was a crazy evening and unexpected scene if you were headed home earlier this afternoon after three cars collided causing a small fire inside of one of the vehicles on Hobbs Drive near Grant Street.According to Michigan State Police the fire was put out shortly after the crash. One person was treated at the scene and released and two others were sent to MidMichigan Medical Center Alpena with non-life threatening injuries.The car crash is still being investigated at this time. We’ll update you when we learn more details.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Junior high students get a crash course on financialsNext Disturbing photos of PFAS contamination continue to surface at Van Etten Lakelast_img read more

Thurston County Traffic: Highway Resurfacing Planned for State Route 8 in…

first_imgFacebook30Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of TransportationCrews will soon kick off an effort to add a new roadway surface to several areas of State Route 8 between Elma and Summit Lake in Thurston County. In addition to the highway, crews also will repave the westbound and eastbound SR 8 exits to US 12 Oakville/Centralia in Elma.The work will begin Monday, July 15 and continue into fall. What this means for travelersDaytime travelers will see single-lane closures in each direction.The Washington State Department of Transportation will lower the current 60 mph speed limit to 35 miles per hour when construction activities require lane closure.Ramp paving will require night closures. WSDOT will announce when this closures are scheduled.Real-time traffic information is available on the WSDOT app. Advance information is available on the Thurston County Construction and Travel Update and Grays Harbor construction and travel update web pages.Featured photo credit: Kim Merrimanlast_img read more

Hawks explode past Leafs, Bruins survive Thunder Cats attack

first_imgRookie netminder Josh Bolding face 34 shots as the Leafs coaching staff continues to look for the right parts in goal.Tallon Kramer, stopping 30 of 32 shots, won for the fourth in in the nets for Beaver Valley.The win moved Beaver Valley into a first place tie in the Murdoch Division with Grand Forks.The Border Bruins escaped a test in the East Kootenay against Creston, surviving the Thunder Cats with 5-5 tie.Silas Johnson scored with four minutes remaining in the game to pull the Bruins even.Trey Mason, with a pair, Logan Klatt and Chad Grambo also scored for Grand Forks, undefeated in five games.Sebastien Kilcommons paced the Thunder Cats with four points.Bruins’ netminder Anthony Galliart was the busier of the two goalies, facing 44 shots.In other Murdoch action, Castlegar lost 7-1 to Kimberley.Castlegar returns to action Saturday in Nelson against the Leafs at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Beaver Valley travels to Spokane while Grand Forks hosts Fernie Ghostriders at 7 p.m. in the Arena. Beaver Valley Nitehawks exploded for three goals in less than two minutes to dump the Nelson Leafs 5-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night in Fruitvale.The victory avenges a 3-2 overtime loss to Nelson in a game the Hawks owned a 2-0 advantage.Tyler Hartman and Damon Kramer scored power play goals in span of 27 seconds to snap a 2-2 tie during the wild second period for the Hawks.Devin Ghirardosi complete the scoring just over a minute later for Beaver Valley.Nelson, trailing 2-1 after one period, evened the score at 2-2 on a goal by Jack Karran.Sam Swanson and Dylan Heppler scored in the first period for Beaver Valley, winners to two straight games.Andy Fitzpatrick completed the scoring for Nelson.last_img read more

India vs Afghanistan, World Cup 2019: Weather Updates from Southampton on Saturday

first_imgIndia take on Afghanistan in their 5th World Cup 2019 match at The Rose Bowl in Southampton on Saturday.Virat Kohli’s men have lived up to their tag of pre-tournament favourites and are looking good to achieve their first target at the World Cup — reach the semi-final. With 3 wins from 4 matches, India are well-placed with 7 points and unbeaten streak.India are heading into the Saturday’s clash on the back of a big win over arch-rivals Pakistan in Manchester. India came up with a clinical all-round effort in the big-ticket match on Sunday.India will look to keep the momentum going when they face Afghanistan in Southampton, the venue wherein they had crushed South Africa in their World Cup opener.Afghanistan, on the other hand, are the only team to remain winless so far in World Cup 2019. The Asian minnows were expected to be party-poopers but their performances so far in the tournament has been below-par.All eyes on Saturday will be on Rashid Khan as the Sunrisers Hyderabad spinner will be looking to make a mark after conceding 110 runs in 9 overs in their big defeat to England earlier this week.India vs Afghanistan: Live Weather Updates from Southampton Screengrab from AccuWeather Screengrab from AccuWeatherIndia had to deal with wet weather over the last week as their match against New Zealand was washed out without a ball bowled in Nottingham. There were frequent rain delays in the match vs Pakistan as well.Rain followed India to Southampton as Virat Kohli’s men had to deal with wet patches during training sessions in the lead up to the Afghanistan tie.advertisementHowever, the good news is, there is no rain forecast for Saturday in Southampton. The sun is expected to be out for the most part of the match that starts at 10:30 AM BST and 3 PM IST.It will be sunny at least until the lunch break of India vs Afghanistan and may turn cloudy later in the afternoon. Good conditions for a full 50-overs game of cricket at The Rose Bowl.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Afghanistan, battered by 5 defeats, take on clinical IndiaAlso See:last_img read more