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Lawsuit Filed to Block Bill Prohibiting Gender-Affirming Care for Transgender Youth in Ohio

BySamantha Jones

Mar 27, 2024
Lawsuit filed against Ohio for restricting health care options for transgender youth

In a bid to block the implementation of House Bill 68, which prohibits gender-affirming care for transgender youth in Ohio, the ACLU of Ohio and global law firm Goodwin filed a lawsuit on Tuesday. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of two 12-year-old transgender girls and their families from Hamilton and Franklin counties, who would lose “critical, medically necessary health care” under HB 68.

According to the lawsuit, HB 68 goes against the Ohio Constitution by breaking a single-subject rule for legislation and discriminating against trans minors. The bill also prevents them from participating in youth teams that align with their gender identity.

The ACLU said months ago it would seek legal remedy over the new rules. “The ban is cruel. It’s not based on science and it’s unconstitutional,” ACLU Legal Director Freda Levenson said in an interview Tuesday afternoon. In addition to the transition treatment ban, HB 68 blocks them from participating in youth teams that align with their gender identity.

An amendment backed by GOP lawmakers worried about Obamacare restricting health care choices more than a dozen years ago is also being cited by the ACLU as a reason for why HB 68 is unconstitutional. Major American medical associations back puberty blockers and other treatments for trans youth, Levenson said, which is why she wants physicians to continue prescribing care for patients under the current status quo. “The interventions that are prohibited are the medical profession’s standard of care treatments. They’re the only effective interventions,” she said.

Rep. Gary Click (R-Vickery) was instrumental in HB 68’s passage and said he knew a lawsuit would materialize. “From the very day I started working on the bill, I knew there would be one,” Click said in an interview Tuesday afternoon. Gov. Mike DeWine vetoed HB 68 late last year, but almost all GOP lawmakers voted during sessions of the Ohio House and Senate to override that veto in January

By Samantha Jones

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