When you add Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine’s response to the coronavirus pandemic together with the fact he just used his veto power to reject a ban on gender procedures for minors and is allowing biological men to compete in female sports, it’s safe to say he’s a Republican In Name Only (RINO). No one who holds conservative values and principles would dare support young children being able to make a decision to have their genitals mutilated when they aren’t considered mature enough to serve in the military, vote, or drink alcohol. Heck, in most cases they aren’t even old enough to buy cigarettes!
But according to radical left-wing nutjobs, who DeWine seemingly agrees with, they are plenty mature enough to decide to cut their boobs and penises off, which, by the way, are not reversible procedures. Please stop the insanity, people.
The Daily Wire reports:
Ohio House Bill 68, which was passed by the Republican-controlled Ohio General Assembly, was made up of two acts: the “Save Adolescents from Experimentation Act” and the “Save Women’s Sports Act.” The bill would ban transgender procedures on minors, such as double mastectomies on girls who identify as boys, and other genital procedures for children with gender dysphoria. It would also also prohibit biological boys from competing in girls’ sports across the state.
HB 68 passed mostly along party lines on December 13, with the Ohio House voting 62-27 and the Ohio Senate voting 24-8 to approve the legislation, but after issuing his veto on Friday, DeWine said he was concerned about the legal implications of signing HB 68 into law.
“I truly believe that we can address a number of goals in House Bill 68 by administrative rules that will have likely a better chance of surviving judicial review and being adopted,” the Ohio Republican went on to say during a press conference, according to a ABC News report.
Matt Huffman, president of the Ohio Senate, gave remarks earlier this month, explaining his belief that this new bill is necessary in order to protect minors from treatments that, in the long run, could potentially do harm instead of provide help and relief.
“Certainly the parents are the most important decision-maker in a child’s life. But there are things where it’s important for the state to step in and protect the child,” Huffman stated.
We’re now living in a day and age when the government, both at the state and federal level, is attempting to usurp more and more control from parents when it comes to making decisions about what is best for their children, especially in the realms of health and education. The bill that DeWine rejected included a provision that was designed to combat this intrusion by providing protection for parents who don’t want their kids to undergo gender procedures.
DeWine became just the second Republican governor to veto bans on transgender procedures for minors after former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson vetoed a similar ban in 2021, according to NBC News. Two other GOP governors — Spencer Cox of Utah and Eric Holcomb of Indiana — vetoed bans on boys competing in girls’ sports last year.
Hutchinson’s, Cox’s, and Holcomb’s vetoes were all overridden by Republican supermajorities, and DeWine’s veto now faces the same fate against the Republican supermajority hold on the Ohio legislature, where lawmakers will have to come up with a three-fifths majority to override the governor’s veto.
The idea of allowing minors, who do not have a fully developed brain yet, to make a major, irreversible health decision such as gender reassignment surgery, is not a popular one in the vast majority of the country. A total of 22 states have already passed bans and restrictions on the allowance of these procedures on children. And, contrary to the narrative pushed by liberals, this has nothing to do with some form of vile bigotry against transgendered individuals.
There have been a number of studies produced in recent years that have clearly demonstrated these procedures have major negative health implications for those who undergo them. We’ve also witnessed an increase in stories from those who have detransitioned back to their birth gender who have expressed regret and sorrow for their choice.
Just last week, DeWine visited several hospitals where he held conversations with families who he said had been “helped and harmed” by gender reassignment procedures.
“We’re dealing with children who are going through a challenging time, families that are going through a challenging time,” he remarked. “I want, the best I can, to get it right.”
The way to get it right is to ban the procedure for minors and not allow biological men to compete against women and young girls. There. Solved the problem for you, Governor, and I won’t even charge you for it.