Den moderate republikanske guvernøren Mike DeWine i delstaten Ohio får kraftig kritikk for å nedlegge veto mot en lovgivning som ville ha beskyttet mindreårige fra livsendrende kjønns-“overgang”-prosedyrer og reservert kjønnsspesifikke skoleidrettes programmer for utøvernes biologiske kjønn.
HB 68, the Saving Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act ville ha tatt fra domstoler retten til å vurdere foreldre som nekter barn som lider av kjønnsforvirring "kjønnsbekreftende behandling", forbudt leger å fysisk eller kjemisk "kjønnsbekrefte" mindreårige, og krevd at psykisk helsepersonell sjekker for pasienter for andre psykiske lidelser før de diagnostiserer en mindreårig med en tilstand relatert til kjønnsforvirring.
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On December 29, DeWine vetoed the bill, claiming to have spoken with “many parents” who insisted their children “would be dead today if they had not received the treatment they received,” and that to sign HB 68 “would be saying that the State, that the government, knows what is best medically for a child rather than the two people who love that child the most, the parents.”
He also claimed to “share a number of” the concerns raised by the bill’s proponents and “agree that action is necessary regarding a number of issues raised.” To that end, DeWine said he was directing relevant agencies to “begin work on administrative rules” to address some of them, including that “no surgery of this kind should ever be performed on those under the age of 18.”
Many conservatives and Republicans slammed DeWine for the veto and found his explanation lacking.
Presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis both criticized him, the former declaring “I won’t be introducing him any more” at rallies and the latter noting that in Florida he signed the policies Ohio’s governor rejected:
Two prominent activists against gender ideology, collegiate swimmer Riley Gaines and “detransitioner” (individuals who attempted to live under a different “gender identity” before embracing their sex) Chloe Cole, also spoke out via social media:
Republican state Rep. Gary Click, who sponsored HB 68, credited the governor’s motives as pure but said it was “abundantly clear” that DeWine’s “heart was moved by those who spoke to him concerning the loss of life through suicide. Any reasonable person has the same reaction, and he cannot be blamed for that. My initial reaction was no different. However, multiple conversations with professionals and families who felt manipulated by similar rhetoric brought a more in-depth understanding of the time-tested best practices in suicide prevention.”
Studies find that more than 80% of children experiencing gender dysphoria outgrow it on their own by late adolescence, and that even full “reassignment” surgery often fails to resolve gender-confused individuals’ heightened tendency to engage in self-harm and suicide — and may even exacerbate it, including by reinforcing their confusion and neglecting the actual root causes of their mental strife.
Many oft-ignored detransitioners have attested to the physical and mental harm of reinforcing gender confusion, as well as to the bias and negligence of the medical establishment on the subject, many of whom take an activist approach to their profession and begin cases with a predetermined conclusion that “transitioning” is the best solution.
Some such physicians have also been caught on video admitting to more old-fashioned motives for such procedures, as with an exposé last year about Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Clinic for Transgender Health, where Dr. Shayne Sebold Taylor said outright that “these surgeries make a lot of money.”
Meanwhile, mandatory inclusion of gender-confused individuals in opposite-sex sports is promoted as a matter of “inclusivity,” but critics note that indulging “transgender” athletes undermines the original rational basis for having sex-specific athletics in the first place, thereby depriving female athletes of recognition and professional or academic opportunities.
There have been numerous high-profile examples in recent years of men winning women’s competitions, and research affirms that physiology gives males distinct athletic advantages that cannot be fully negated by hormone suppression.
In a 2019 paper published by the Journal of Medical Ethics, New Zealand researchers found that “healthy young men [do] not lose significant muscle mass (or power) when their circulating testosterone levels were reduced to (below International Olympic Committee guidelines) for 20 weeks,” and “indirect effects of testosterone” on factors such as bone structure, lung volume, and heart size “will not be altered by hormone therapy;” therefore, “the advantage to transwomen [biological men] afforded by the [International Olympic Committee] guidelines is an intolerable unfairness.”
DeWine has a history of snubbing efforts in previous legislative sessions to enact stand-alone bills protecting women’s sports.