Lawsuit filed against Ohio for restricting health care options for transgender youth

In a bid to block the implementation of House Bill 68, which prohibits gender-affirming care for transgender youth, the ACLU of Ohio and Goodwin filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. The suit seeks to challenge the constitutionality of the bill and prevent it from taking effect as scheduled.

The lawsuit is on behalf of two 12-year-old transgender girls and their families from Hamilton and Franklin counties who would lose access to “critical, medically necessary health care” under HB 68. The plaintiffs argue that the bill violates the Ohio Constitution by breaking a single-subject rule for legislation and discriminating against trans minors, among other claims.

The ACLU has long expressed its opposition to HB 68, arguing that it is cruel, not based on science, and unconstitutional. In an interview with me Tuesday afternoon, ACLU Legal Director Freda Levenson reiterated her stance. “The ban is cruel,” she said. “It’s not based on science and it’s unconstitutional.”

Levenson also cited an amendment backed by GOP lawmakers worried about Obamacare restricting health care choices more than a dozen years ago as a reason for why HB 68 is unconstitutional. Major American medical associations back puberty blockers and other treatments for trans youth, Levenson said, which is why she wants physicians to continue prescribing care for patients under the current status quo. “The interventions that are prohibited are the medical profession’s standard of care treatments,” she said. “They’re the only effective interventions.”

Republican Rep. Gary Click (R-Vickery), who was instrumental in HB 68’s passage, acknowledged that a lawsuit would materialize from the outset. “From the very day I started working on the bill,” Click said in an interview with me Tuesday afternoon. Despite his knowledge of legal challenges ahead, he remains confident in HB 68’s legality. Gov. Mike DeWine vetoed HB 68 late last year, but almost all GOP lawmakers voted during sessions of the Ohio House and Senate to override that veto in January. Click believes other courts in other states have sustained similar laws and predicts that this case will follow suit.

However, Levenson remains hopeful that their legal challenge will succeed in blocking HB 68 from taking effect as scheduled.

The common pleas court has yet to schedule a hearing in this case.

In conclusion, this case highlights how important it is for individuals who feel they are being discriminated against or denied their rights to seek legal remedy through organizations like the ACLU or other civil rights groups seeking justice for all individuals regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

By Riley Johnson

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