Profound Consequences for Children with Gender Dysphoria
Ohio Governor, Mike DeWine, has vetoed a bill that would have had far-reaching implications for children in need of gender-affirming care. Speaking at a press conference, DeWine emphasized the profound impact this bill could have on children struggling with gender dysphoria and their families. He acknowledged that for many, this care is a matter of life and death.
Extensive Research and Consultations
DeWine revealed that he had personally visited children’s hospitals and engaged in discussions with individuals on both sides of the debate before making his decision. He highlighted the importance of understanding the concerns raised in the legislation, expressing his intention to address them collaboratively with the General Assembly.
Focus on Protecting Ohio Children
While vetoing the bill, DeWine affirmed his commitment to protecting Ohio children, adults, and families. He outlined three specific areas of concern that he hopes to address: implementing a ban on surgery for minors as part of gender-affirming care, increasing reporting on data for those receiving such care, and preventing fraudulent clinics from offering inaccurate treatments.
Transgender Women in Sports Not Addressed
Governor DeWine did not directly address the portion of the bill that sought to ban transgender women from participating in girls’ and women’s sports. When questioned, he clarified that his focus was on legislation that affected the largest number of people, especially children.
Criticism and Hope for Override
Former Riley Gaines, a vocal advocate for gender-affirming care, criticized the Governor’s veto, stating that it does not represent the majority of Ohioans or Americans. She expressed hope that the Ohio legislature would override the veto, emphasizing that compromise between right and wrong is still wrong.
Continued Legal Battles on Gender Transition-Related Health Care
As of November, laws or policies banning gender transition-related health care for minors have been passed in 22 states. However, court injunctions have prevented these laws from going into effect in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, and Indiana.
Fox News’ Liz Elkind contributed to this report. Follow Fox News Digital’s updates on this issue and subscribe to their newsletter for more information.