Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has signed a bill into law that extends the state’s ban on transgender athletes playing in women’s sports from K-12 and now to college sports.

The state had already passed a law in 2021 that prevents boys claiming to be girls from playing K-12 girls’ sports. But the new law prevents college students from participating in girl’s sports under their “chosen” gender, even if they have had gender reassignment surgery, Fox News reports.

“Look, if you are a biological male, you are not going to be competing in women’s and girls’ sports in Alabama. It’s about fairness, plain and simple,” Ivey said after signing the bill into law.

“Forcing women to compete against biological men would reverse decades of progress that women have made for equal opportunity in athletics,” Bill sponsor Republican Rep. Susan DuBose said during the debate of the bill.

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