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ANALYSIS: When Did ‘Assigning Sex At Birth’ Become A Debatable, Controversial Issue?

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Marlo Safi Culture Reporter
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A CNN story claiming there is no “consensus criteria for assigning sex at birth” published in late March sparked backlash, highlighting an issue that has gone from a marginal political interest to a concern of the White House and state-level legislation within the past 20 years. 

The story was about Republican South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s battle with state lawmakers over H.B. 1217, a bill that seeks to ban biological males from women’s sports. (RELATED: CNN Straight News Piece Says ‘There Is No Consensus Criteria For Assigning Sex At Birth’)