Ohio bans gender transition surgeries for children

Lawmakers in Ohio approved a ban on gender transition surgeries for children on Monday, just ahead of a deadline that would have reinstated them.

The move comes after Gov. Mike DeWine (R-OH) came under intense national scrutiny for vetoing a comprehensive child medical transition ban, which included puberty blockers, hormone therapies, and surgeries. DeWine decided in January to sign an executive order only banning surgeries, a move critics considered a half-measure.

A panel of lawmakers who make up the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review took action on Monday to maintain the surgical ban for Ohioans under 18 before the executive order was set to expire at the beginning of May.

A DeWine spokesperson told WCMH that Ohio has a “pretty clear consensus” about surgical interventions for minors.

Democratic state Sen. Bill
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