Transgender Teens File Lawsuit to Block Ohio Bill from Denying Health Care

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

A lawsuit has been filed against the state of Ohio by the ACLU and global law firm Goodwin in partnership with two 12-year-old transgender girls and their families. The lawsuit seeks to block House Bill 68 from becoming law, arguing that it would lead to critical, medically necessary health care being denied to trans youth.

The ACLU has been vocal about its 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 plaintiffs argue that HB 68 violates the Ohio Constitution by breaking the single-subject rule for legislation and discriminating against trans minors. Additionally, it prevents them from participating on youth teams that align with their gender identity.

The ACLU cites an amendment backed by GOP lawmakers 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 acknowledged the likelihood of a lawsuit but expressed confidence that the legislation would withstand legal challenges.

Gov. Mike DeWine vetoed HB 68 last year, but 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. However, at this time, no hearing has been scheduled in the case, leaving the fate of the legislation uncertain.

House Bill 68 is set to become law soon, but a group of individuals are fighting back against its implementation through legal action.

In less than a month before House Bill 68 was set to become law, two young girls who identify as transgender filed a lawsuit against the state of Ohio with assistance from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and global law firm Goodwin.

The plaintiffs argued that they would lose access to critical medically necessary healthcare under House Bill 68 (HB 68), which bans gender-affirming care for transgender youth in Ohio.

According to statements made by Rep. Gary Click during his testimony at an earlier hearing related to HB 68,
he acknowledged that there was likely going to be legal challenges surrounding this bill’s passage.

Despite this recognition by legislators like Click and others who supported HB 68’s passing last January when Gov. Mike DeWine vetoed it initially only for it later being overridden by statehouse members from both parties,
many argue that such laws are scientifically unfounded and violate constitutional rights.

One argument made by opponents of HB

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