The Ohio Senate recently overrode a veto from Republican Gov. Mike DeWine, passing a bill that bans sex-change surgeries, cross-sex hormones and puberty blockers for minors.
This decision, made on Wednesday with a vote of 28 to 4, has sparked significant outrage among Democrats and liberal activists on social media.
“F–k the Ohio Senate who voted 23-9 to override the veto of HB68. It will go into effect on May 30. Join our partners for tomorrow night’s town hall,” wrote the Ohio Women’s Alliance Action Fund in an indecorous X post.
This reaction was echoed by the Ohio Democrats’ account, which lamented the bill’s defiance of the medical community.
“Today Ohio becomes the most restrictive state in the country for gender-affirming healthcare. Corrupt politicians yet again stripped healthcare freedom — defying the medical community who testified against HB68. November proved Ohioans are ready for change and, next election, [they] … will learn that,” the group wrote.
Kelley Robinson, director of the Human Rights Campaign, criticized Ohio Republicans and former President Donald Trump for their role in overturning DeWine’s veto.
“Instead of listening to parents and doctors, Ohio Republicans are bowing to Trump— they just overrode DeWine’s veto of HB 68. Similar attacks on trans folks are underway in many states,” Robinson said at the beginning of a lengthy thread.
The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland also responded to the Senate’s decision.
“The Ohio Senate joins the House in overriding Gov. Mike DeWine’s veto of HB 68, a bill that bans gender-affirming care for minors and transgender girls from participating in school sports,” the center wrote.
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio described the day as “devastating” in their own statement.
“The Ohio Senate has overridden the veto of House Bill 68 with a vote of 23-9. House Bill 68 will go into effect in 90 days. This is a devastating day for trans-Ohioans and their families,” they wrote.
DeWine had vetoed the ban in late December but signed an executive order a week later banning child sex-change surgeries. He stated that parents, not the government, should make decisions in these matters. DeWine also received $40,000 between 2018 and 2023 from several Ohio children’s hospitals.
Following this vote in Ohio, nearly half of the states in the United States have enacted legislation to ban sex-change procedures for minors.
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