Reaction As DeWine Vetoes Gender Care Bill

COLUMBUS, Ohio (News Talk 1480 WHBC) – His conversations with families around Ohio including those receiving care at Akron Children’s Hospital convinced Governor Mike DeWine to veto House Bill 68.

That bill bans gender-affirming care for those under 18.

DeWine made the announcement in a press conference last week.

DeWine says hospital leaders told him gender assignment surgery is not the goal of that care.

The governor wants separate legislation banning that.

The General Assembly appears to have the votes to override the governor’s veto.

Some parents told DeWine they believe their children would not be alive were it not for the gender-affirming care they received.

There was quick reaction to the governor’s veto.’

Senate President Matt Huffman says he’s “extremely disappointed”, saying the legislature made changes in the bill to address his concerns.

And former President Trump referred to the governor as a “stiff” in a social media post.

The Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics in a statement says they hope to work with the state Department of Health to develop guidelines and regulations based on sound medical research.

Equality Ohio in a statement says proponents of the bill have shown a propensity for vengefulness.