NC Legislators Override Governor To Protect Children

Aug 18, 2023

RALEIGH, NC – This week, North Carolina legislators overwhelmingly overturned Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of two bills that protect children from radical gender ideology. 

The Senate voted 27-18 to complete the veto override after the House voted 74-45 earlier for both bills which take effect immediately. Two House Democrats joined all present Republicans in supporting the override bid.

HB 574, known as the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, prohibits biological male students from playing on public and some private middle, high school, and college sports teams for women. The prohibition also is extended to public and private colleges that are part of any “intercollegiate athletic program,” such as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 

The bill states that all teams participating in interscholastic or intramural athletic activities “shall be expressly designated by the biological sex of the team participants as one of the following: Males, men, or boys; Females, women, or girls; Co-ed or mixed.” In addition, “athletic teams designated for females, women, or girls shall not be open to students of the male sex and a student’s sex shall be recognized based solely on the student's reproductive biology and genetics at birth.” 

HB 808 prohibits doctors from performing medical mutilation on minors even with the parents’ consent. The bill states, “It shall be unlawful for a medical professional to perform a surgical ‘gender transition procedure’ on a minor or to prescribe, provide, or dispense puberty-blocking drugs or cross-sex hormones to a minor.”  

North Carolina now joins at least 30 states that have enacted laws protecting the fundamental rights of children, parents, and women in the public sector. 

  • 22 states protect female sports from biological males (at least four states under a legal challenge).
  • 21 states ban puberty blockers, hormone therapies, and mutilating surgeries for minors (at least six states under a legal challenge).
  • 15 states codify parental rights giving parents the  “fundamental right to make decisions concerning the upbringing, education, and care of their child.”
  • Nine states mandate use of public-school bathrooms according to biological sex.
  • Seven states protect students/teachers from having to use someone’s “preferred pronouns.”
  • Six states ban public adult performances (drag shows) for minors (at least one state under a legal challenge).
  • Four states prohibit classroom instruction on gender/sexual orientation in a manner not appropriate for the age of the child. 

Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said, “We commend North Carolina legislators for stepping forward and making laws that protect our children from this radical LGBTQ agenda. Shame on Governor Cooper for not seeing the importance of safeguarding them from medical mutilation and males invading sports and private places with females.” 

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