OHIO – The Ohio House voted Wednesday and overrode Governor Dewine’s veto of legislation that would restrict medical care for transgender minors and block transgender girls from female sports.
House Bill 68 which Dewine vetoed weeks ago would prevent doctors from prescribing hormones, puberty blockers or gender transition surgery before patients turn 18. It also would prohibit transgender girls and women from playing on female sports teams in high school and college.
State Representative Brian Stewart who cosponsored the bill said, “Biological males should not be competing against females in sports, and permanent sex-change surgeries should not be performed on children,” said Stewart. “I was proud to co-sponsor the SAFE Act, to vote for it on the House floor, and now, to override the governor’s veto.”
The veto comes a week after DeWine signed an executive order banning Ohio Hospitals and surgical facilities from performing gender transition surgery on minors.
The Senate is expected to follow the House’s action on Jan. 24.