Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has vetoed a bill aimed at restricting sex change procedures for children. The Republican governor tried to argue signing the bill would imply the state government knows better than parents who want to transition their children, and could harm minors suffering from gender dysphoria.
“This bill would impact a very small number of Ohio’s children, but for those children who face gender dysphoria, the consequences of this bill could not be more profound,” DeWine claimed, sharing anecdotes from parents who say their children’s lives were saved by gender transition procedures.
The bill would have prohibited medical professionals from using puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and genital mutilation surgeries to try to “affirm” the perceived gender of minors who believe they are the opposite sex.
It would also have stopped males from competing in female sports, and vice versa, on the basis of their gender identity.
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