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Ohio Governor Vetoes Bill Banning Gender Reassignment Treatment, Trans Participation in Women’s Sports

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Ohio Governor Vetoes Bill Banning Gender Reassignment Treatment, Trans Participation in Women’s Sports

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Republican Gov. Mike DeWine on Friday vetoed a bill that would have banned gender reassignment treatment for minors and barred transgender women and girls from participating in Ohio women’s sports leagues.

The Save Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act, passed by the Republican-dominated Ohio state legislature earlier this month, was rejected by DeWine, who said he could not sign the bill of law “as currently written”.

Mike DeWine speaks at a press conference

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine speaks during a news conference Friday, Dec. 29, 2023, in Columbus, Ohio. DeWine vetoed a measure Friday that would have banned gender-affirming care for minors and the participation of transgender athletes in girls’ and women’s sports, breaking with members of his party who championed the legislation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

“This bill would affect a very small number of Ohio children. But, for children facing gender dysphoria and their families, the consequences of this bill could not be more profound.” DeWine said at a press conference.

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“Ultimately, I believe it is about protecting human life. Many parents have told me that their child would not have survived and would have died today if they had not received the treatment he received at one of Ohio’s children’s hospitals. I was also Those who are now adults said that without this care, they would have committed suicide when they were teenagers.

DeWine said he visited several children’s hospitals around the state and spoke with people on both sides of the debate before finally making his decision. He added that while he ultimately vetoed the bill, the bill raises some concerns that he agrees with and hopes to address alongside the General Assembly.

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine arrives for a press conference

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine arrives for a news conference Friday, Dec. 29, 2023, in Columbus, Ohio. DeWine vetoed a measure Friday that would have banned gender-affirming care for minors and the participation of transgender athletes in girls’ and women’s sports, breaking with members of his party who championed the legislation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The first includes banning surgery for minors in gender-affirming care, increased data reporting for those receiving gender-affirming care, and finally, establishing measures that would “prevent pop-up clinics or late-night visits.” operations” that attempt to sell “inexact, even ideological treatments” to families or children.

“I sincerely believe we can collaborate, find common ground and pass rules to protect Ohio’s children, adults and families in this area. My focus in the coming weeks will be to pass these protections through a collaborative and deliberate process.”

In his initial remarks, DeWine did not address the part of the bill that sought to ban transgender women from girls and women’s sports. During questioning, the Republican governor said he focused on legislation that “affected by far the most people and the most children.”

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Former NCAA Division I swimmer Riley Gaines, who lobbied DeWine earlier this week, criticized the decision in a statement to Fox News Digital.

“Governor DeWine has proven himself to be a soulless coward who is unwilling to do the demonstrably right and moral thing. This veto does not represent the majority of Ohioans, nor the majority of Americans. I have confidence and hope that the Ohio Legislature will override his veto.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks with the AP

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine pauses as he speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the Ohio Governor’s Residence in Columbus, Ohio, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2023. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

“A compromise between good and evil will always be bad.”

Laws or policies prohibiting gender transition-related health care for minors were passed in 22 states as of November 2023, according to the Human rights campaign. Court injunctions prevent this measure from taking effect in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and Indiana.

Liz Elkind of Fox News contributed to this report.

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