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Ohio Lawmakers Override DeWine Veto on Bill Protecting Female Athletes, Banning Child Sex Changes

January 24, 2024

Today, the Ohio Senate voted to override Governor Mike DeWine’s veto of HB 68, legislation which would prohibit the use of puberty blocking drugs, hormones, and surgeries on minors to attempt to change their sex and would prohibit biological males from competing in female athletics at the K-12 and collegiate levels. With the Ohio House having already voted to override, the bill will be enacted into law.

This makes Ohio the 24th state to protect women’s sports in law and the 22nd state to restrict sex-change procedures for minors.

In response, Terry Schilling, president of American Principles Project (APP), released the following statement applauding the vote:

“Ohio legislators should be commended today for acting to protect children and families in their state from the awful consequences of gender ideology. Most Americans agree that it is wrong to push children into permanent, bodily destructive procedures to ‘treat’ their mental distress. And they agree it is wrong to force women and girl athletes to compete against biological males in sports. The safeguards in this legislation are simple, common sense.

“Sadly, common sense is in short supply among much of our political leadership today, including Governor DeWine, whose veto of this bill was as indefensible as it was cowardly. We join with Ohio families today to express gratitude to the state legislature for righting the governor’s wrong. And we look forward to making progress on these issues in even more states in the weeks ahead.”

To schedule an engagement with American Principles Project, contact Paul Dupont at (o) 202-503-2010 or pdupont@americanprinciplesproject.org.


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