Lawsuit Filed to Block Legislation Banning Gender-Affirming Care for Transgender Youth in Ohio.

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

The ACLU of Ohio has filed a lawsuit against the state in partnership with the global law firm Goodwin, just weeks before House Bill 68 is set to become law. The lawsuit was filed in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas on Tuesday afternoon and seeks to block HB 68 from going into effect.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit argue that they would lose critical, medically necessary health care under the legislation. Two 12-year-old transgender Ohio girls and their families are seeking legal action against the ban on gender-affirming care for transgender youth, which they claim is cruel, scientifically unfounded, and unconstitutional.

The ACLU has been vocal about their intention to seek legal action against HB 68 for months, citing an amendment backed by GOP lawmakers from over a decade ago as further evidence of its unconstitutionality. 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. However, Gov. Mike DeWine vetoed HB 68 last year, and 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.

The common pleas court has not yet scheduled a hearing in the case, leaving the fate of the legislation uncertain. The ACLU argues that HB 68 violates the Ohio Constitution by breaking

The ACLU of Ohio has filed a lawsuit against the state in partnership with the global law firm Goodwin, just weeks before House Bill 68 is set to become law. The lawsuit was filed in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas on Tuesday afternoon and seeks to block HB 68 from going into effect.…

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