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

Transgender Youth Rights in Question as ACLU Sues Ohio to Block HB 68 Law

In the weeks leading up to HB 68 becoming law, the ACLU of Ohio filed a lawsuit against the state in partnership with Goodwin. The lawsuit, which was filed in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas on Tuesday afternoon, seeks to block HB 68 from going into effect.

The lawsuit is brought on behalf of two 12-year-old transgender girls and their families, who argue that they would lose critical, medically necessary health care under the legislation. The ACLU has been vocal about their 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. The legislation also prevents them from participating on youth teams that align with their gender identity.

The ACLU cites an amendment backed by GOP lawmakers from 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, who was instrumental in the passage of HB 68, acknowledged the likelihood of a lawsuit and 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 it 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 there is no date set for hearing in court leaving fate uncertain for this legislation

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