Governor Mike DeWine of Ohio vetoes House Bill 68 regarding transgender sports and medical care

"Ohio would be saying that the state, that the government knows better what is medically best for a child, if I were to sign House Bill 68, or if House Bill 68 were to become law," DeWine stated.

Legislation that would have restricted transgender youngsters' access to medical care and prohibited transgender girls from participating in female sports was overturned by Governor Mike DeWine on Friday.

Prior to a patient's 18th birthday, doctors would not have been allowed to prescribe hormones, puberty blockers, or gender reassignment surgery under House Bill 68, which passed both the House and the Senate earlier this month. Additionally, it would have made it illegal for transgender women and girls to participate in female sports teams in college and high school.

"Ohio would be saying that the state, that the government knows better what is medically best for a child than the two people who love that child the most: their parents," DeWine stated if House Bill 68 were to become law. 

After visiting children's hospitals, talking with families, and reviewing testimony both in favor of and against the measure, DeWine made his decision. 

According to him, his administration will create regulations that forbid surgery on people younger than eighteen, gather information on transgender health care, and prohibit pop-up clinics that don't offer sufficient mental health treatment.

With a supermajority in both the House and the Senate, the bill was approved, allowing legislators to muster enough votes to overturn DeWine's veto.

Nevertheless, transgender Ohioans, campaigners, and medical professionals who opposed the bill and asked DeWine to veto it won their battle thanks to the veto. 

The governor said that the government shouldn't handle the matter and opposed earlier attempts to prohibit transgender kids and women from participating in female sports. 

House lawmakers blended that measure and the medical care bill into a single plan, while they were originally separate measures. 

Several medical associations wrote a letter to DeWine stating that physicians currently obtain parental approval and do not advise gender change surgery for kids. 

"To advance this measure, supporters have demonized providers and parents alike and pushed misinformation in order to deny care to an incredibly small number of Ohio children," they stated. In a nutshell, this measure eliminates parental rights and will hurt children in Ohio."

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