CV NEWS FEED // Ohio on Wednesday became the latest state to adopt legislation protecting minors from being subjected to so-called “gender-affirming care” after the state Senate overrode a veto issued by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine.
The Ohio Senate overwhelmingly voted to override DeWine’s December 29 veto and allow the comprehensive HB 68 to become law. The state House had previously overridden the veto two weeks ago by a similarly wide margin.
In a mostly party-line vote, Ohio’s upper chamber overrode the veto 24-8. One Republican, Sen. Nathan Manning, R-OH, joined all Democrats in voting against the override. Manning’s nay vote was expected given that he voted against the bill’s passage last month.
“The measure now goes into effect in 90 days,” The Hill reported.
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In addition to prohibiting the administration of all types of so-called “gender-affirming” procedures, drugs, and hormones to minors, HB 68 also prevents men from competing in women’s sports leagues or competitions.
DeWine received nearly universal criticism from members of his own party following his shocking veto. At the time, he claimed the decision was “about protecting human life.”
“Many parents have told me that their child would be dead today if they had not received the treatment,” he claimed. “I have also been told, by those that are now grown adults, that but for this care, they would have taken their lives when they were teenagers.”
The Hill noted that DeWine was “only the second Republican governor” to veto legislation protecting children from “transgender” procedures; “the first was former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson.”
DeWine, 77, is a self-professed Catholic. He was first elected to public office in 1976.