The North Dakota state House of Representatives passed a bill that would bar biological men from women's high school sports teams.
The bill is now headed for the state Senate.
"This is about girls competing with girls, ensuring equal opportunity and keeping a level playing field in girls' sports," said state Rep. Kathy Skroch, who co-sponsored the bill. "It upholds 50 years of progress and protecting women against discrimination and advocates for the preservation of biological standards."
State House Minority Leader Josh Boschee pushed back against the bill.
"It's about learning about yourself, being part of a team, solving problems, figuring out life. But we're gonna tell some kids you can't," he said.
A committee in the Utah House of Representatives advanced a similar bill on Thursday.
The bill passed its committee with an 8-6 vote and will move to a full House vote. It seeks to bar biological male athletes from competing in women's sports in K-12 schools, even if they identify as women.
"Across America, there are stories of individuals who identified as male at birth competing against our female athletes," said state Rep. Kera Birkeland, who introduced the bill. "These individuals who identify as male at birth are breaking records that no female will be able to reach. They're taking championships, titles, and scholarships from our female athletes. To say it's taking a toll on our female athletes would be an understatement."