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Ohio Senate Overrides Governor’s Veto and Bans Sex-Changes for Minors

Ohio Senate and House override Gov. DeWine's veto, passing the SAFE Act to prohibit minors' sex changes and keep males out of females' sports.

In a bold move demonstrating conservative principles, Ohio Senate Republicans have decisively overridden Governor Mike DeWine’s veto of House Bill 68, also known as the “Ohio Saving Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act.” This significant legislation, set to become law in 90 days, aims to shield minors from the irreversible effects of sex change drugs and procedures. It also establishes a clear boundary prohibiting male athletes in females’ sports, ensuring fair play and respect for women’s sports.

The Ohio Senate voted 23-9 to override the governor’s veto of House Bill 68. This move followed the Ohio House’s firm stance, where legislators voted 65-28 along party lines to override the veto. Both votes in these legislative chambers reflect a significant alignment within the Republican Party on this critical issue, showcasing a unified stand in protecting minors and upholding the integrity of women’s sports.

This decision marks a significant victory for the protection of children from irreversible medical interventions that could have lifelong consequences. The bill’s passage sends a clear message: Ohio values the physical and mental well-being of its youth and upholds the integrity of women’s sports. It reflects a growing concern among conservatives about the rapid expansion of gender ideology and its impact on young minds and bodies.

The SAFE Act’s implementation isn’t just about sports fairness or medical ethics; it’s a stand against a culture increasingly pushing children towards life-altering decisions without fully understanding the ramifications. This law recognizes that children, still developing and maturing, should not be subjected to medical procedures that can permanently alter their bodies and futures.

The bill’s passage also represents a significant pushback against the left’s narrative on transgenderism. Governor DeWine’s initial veto, influenced by claims that opposition to transgenderism leads to suicidal tendencies in transgender-identifying children, was a disappointing concession to these fears. However, the Senate’s bold action rectifies this, choosing scientific reality and common sense over emotional rhetoric.

The new legislation, while prohibiting sex-change surgeries for minors, allows for a balanced approach to gender dysphoria, emphasizing mental health counseling and informed consent. It’s a pragmatic solution that acknowledges the complexity of gender identity issues while prioritizing the health and safety of minors.

In an era where political correctness often trumps common sense, Ohio’s decision to pass the SAFE Act is a refreshing embrace of traditional values and scientific integrity. It demonstrates a commitment to protecting the most vulnerable in our society. As other states and nations grapple with similar issues, Ohio’s leadership in this area sets a powerful example for prudent, compassionate, and sensible policymaking.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.