Ohio governor bans transition-related surgeries for minors
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) signed an executive order on Friday that bans transition-related surgeries for minors and announced separate restrictions that will severely limit access for adults and youth in receiving transition-related care.
The big picture: The Ohio ban comes amid a growing number of states authorizing restrictions on gender-affirming care.
Details: The executive order, which went into effect immediately, bans "gender transition surgeries for minors at any hospital or ambulatory surgical facility in Ohio," DeWine told reporters on Friday.
- DeWine said that the Ohio Department of Health and Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services would be, after a period of public comment, filing rules regarding adults and children in the state trying to obtain transition-related care.
Without presenting evidence, the Ohio Republican said he was concerned "there might be these fly-by-night operations that set themselves up and start dispensing hormones but without the lead-in psychiatric care that we know is so very, very important."
Those new rules would require "a multi-disciplinary team to support an individual through care including, but not limited to, an endocrinologist, a bioethicist and a psychiatrist," according to DeWine.
- It would also require "a comprehensive care plan that includes sufficient, informed consent from patients and parents, if we're dealing with a child, of the risk associated with treatment," DeWine said.
- He added that the new rules would require "comprehensive and lengthy mental health counseling prior to being considered for any other treatment."
Catch up quick: Last week, DeWine entered the political fray by vetoing a bill that would ban gender-affirming care for minors.
- That bill would have also curtailed the ability of transgender girls to participate on school sports teams.
- The proposed legislation, despite being vetoed, could still pass if members of the Ohio legislature were to override it.
Zoom in: According to independent reporter and civil rights activist Erin Reed, there have been at least 125 bills targeting the transgender community in just the first days of 2024.
Of note: Major medical organizations, including the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, consider this type of care to be medically necessary and potentially lifesaving for transgender youth.