Rep. Shontel Brown (D-Ohio) on Friday praised Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) for vetoing a measure that would have banned gender-affirming care for minors in the state.
DeWine said the measure would do more harm than good to the Buckeye State and became the second governor nationally to veto a similar bill.
“HB 68 is absolutely bad for Ohio’s families and youth and Gov. Mike DeWine was right to veto it,” Brown said. said the, formerly Twitter. “Discriminatory bills like HB 68 underscore the need for additional federal legislation to protect the rights of LGBTQ+ people nationwide. »
The bill also sought to ban transgender women and girls from participating in school sports. Last year, there was only one transgender athlete on an Ohio high school sports team, the Statehouse News Bureau found.
The governor said his veto decision came after a two-week “fact-finding mission” meeting with supporters and opponents of the measure.
“These are really complex questions, and reasonable people draw very different conclusions,” DeWine said at a news conference Friday. “This bill would impact a very small number of Ohio children, but for children facing gender dysphoria and their families, the consequences could not be more profound.”
“At the end of the day, I think it’s about protecting human life,” DeWine said. “Many parents have told me that their child would not have survived – would have died today – if they had not received the treatment they received at one of Ohio’s children’s hospitals . »
“Those who are now adults have also told me that, without this care, they would have committed suicide when they were teenagers,” he said.
The Ohio GOP holds a supermajority in both chambers of the state legislature and is likely to override the veto.
In total, 21 states have banned gender-affirming care for minors, according to the Movement Advancement Project, although some of these laws are being challenged in court.
On Tuesday, Idaho’s ban on gender-affirming care was suspended by a federal court just days before it was scheduled to take effect.
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