Ohio ACLU Files Lawsuit Against House Bill 68, Seeking to Protect Transgender Youth’s Healthcare

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

In a major blow to transgender rights in Ohio, the ACLU of Ohio has filed a lawsuit against the state over House Bill 68 in partnership with the global law firm Goodwin. 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 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 in the lawsuit 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.

However, Gov. Mike DeWine vetoed HB 68 last year, indicating his opposition to the bill’s restrictions on transgender youth’s healthcare options. Despite this setback, GOP lawmakers in the Ohio House and Senate voted to override DeWine’s veto in January, showing their determination to enact this controversial bill.

As a result of this legal challenge, it is uncertain whether HB 68 will be enforced or not. However, if successful, this lawsuit could have significant implications for transgender rights across Ohio and beyond.

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