May 24, 2024 12:35 am
Lawsuit filed against Ohio for restricting health care options for transgender youth

Ohio’s ACLU sued the state over House Bill 68, a law banning gender-affirming care for transgender youth, on Tuesday. Filed in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, the lawsuit seeks to block HB 68 from going into effect and argues that two 12-year-old transgender girls and their families from Hamilton and Franklin counties would lose “critical, medically necessary health care” under the bill.

The ACLU has long opposed HB 68, calling it cruel and unconstitutional. The ban goes against the Ohio Constitution by breaking a single-subject rule for legislation and discriminating against trans minors, among other claims. Additionally, the amendment backed by GOP lawmakers that worries about Obamacare restricting health care choices more than a dozen years ago is also being cited as a reason for why HB 68 is unconstitutional.

According to Freda Levenson, legal director of the ACLU of Ohio, major American medical associations back puberty blockers and other treatments for trans youth. Therefore, she believes physicians should continue prescribing care for patients under the current status quo. “The interventions that are prohibited are the medical profession’s standard of care treatments,” Levenson said.

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. Rep. Gary Click (R-Vickery), who was instrumental in HB 68’s passage, knew a lawsuit would materialize from day one but believes other courts in other states have sustained these laws similar to this one. He thinks they will give it their best shot but doesn’t think they stand much of a chance since there have been successful challenges to similar laws in other states before now.

The common pleas court has yet to schedule a hearing in the case.

In summary, The ACLU sued the state of Ohio over House Bill 68 with global law firm Goodwin on Tuesday seeking to block HB 68 from going into effect on schedule and at all on behalf of two 12-year-old transgender girls from Hamilton County and Franklin County who argue they would lose “critical

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