June 15, 2024

ACLU sues Ohio over ban on gender-affirming care for transgender youth

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Lawsuit filed against Ohio over restrictions on health care for transgender youth

A lawsuit has been filed against the state of Ohio by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in partnership with Goodwin, a global law firm. The lawsuit was filed in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas on Tuesday afternoon and seeks to block House Bill 68 from going into effect.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are two 12-year-old transgender girls and their families, who argue that they would lose critical, medically necessary health care under the legislation. The ACLU has been vocal about their intention to seek legal action against HB 68 for months, stating that the ban on gender-affirming care for transgender youth is cruel, scientifically unfounded, and unconstitutional.

The lawsuit argues that HB 68 violates the Ohio Constitution by breaking the single-subject rule for legislation and discriminating against trans minors. It also prevents them from participating on youth teams that align with their gender identity. The ACLU cites an amendment backed by GOP lawmakers from over a decade ago as further evidence of the unconstitutionality of HB 68, noting that major American medical associations support puberty blockers and other treatments for trans youth.

Rep. Gary Click, who was instrumental in the passage of HB 68, acknowledged the likelihood of a lawsuit and expressed confidence that the legislation would withstand legal challenges. However, Gov. Mike DeWine vetoed HB 68 last year, and GOP lawmakers in the Ohio House and Senate voted to override the veto in January. Click pointed to other states where similar laws have been upheld in court as a defense of HB 68. The common pleas court has not yet scheduled a hearing in the case, leaving

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