Score one in the Buckeye State for the genius of the checks and balances system of government.
The Ohio Senate’s override of Governor Mike DeWine’s incredulous veto of legislation banning the sexual mutilation of children caps a bizarre legislative odyssey that left many social conservatives heavy-hearted – and vowing action to right the chief executive’s wrong.
Wednesday’s vote ensures that the Saving Ohio Adolescents from Experimentation Act (SAFE Act) will now go into effect in 90 days.
The Act makes it illegal for doctors to prescribe puberty blocking drugs and opposite sex hormones for minors. It also protects the integrity of girl’s and women’s athletics, blocking males from identifying as female and competing against the opposite sex.
Aaron Baer, who heads up the Center for Christian Virtue (CCV), Ohio’s family policy council, lauded the action.
“No child is born in the wrong body, no matter what powerful and well-funded lobbyists say,” he wrote. “Today, Ohio has told an exploitative medical industry that we reject your junk science and will no longer allow you to experiment on our children.
“We’ve also guaranteed that every young woman in this state will have a free and fair playing field and will not be forced to compete against boys. This marks a turning point in Ohio: we will not remain silent when are children are being harmed.”
Governor DeWine’s veto exposed the significant disconnect that exists between many in the ruling class with moms and dads who are facing the crosswinds of a culture hijacked by radical activists hellbent on exploiting sexually confused and vulnerable children.
On my upcoming podcast, scheduled to be released Monday January 29th, I speak with Chloe Cole, who was aided to “transition” when she was just 12 years old. She was emotionally manipulated and led down a dark path, a victim of a horrific medical experiment that not only destroyed her teenage years, but also threatened to devastate the remaining years of her life.
By God’s grace, Chloe is now “detransitioning” and speaking out to warn people to not repeat her near fatal journey.
Both the Ohio House and Senate have demonstrated their commitment to the safety and welfare of children. It’s also a victory for common sense. There are only two sexes – male and female. It is not government’s role to support a lie or affirm and encourage sexual confusion.
Critics of the override are decrying the absence of so-called “gender-affirming care” in Ohio – a made up term that defies reality and basic decency. It’s neither compassionate nor caring to propagate a lie and enable long-term harm to a child.
We commend the tireless team at CCV, our friends at Alliance Defending Freedom for their counsel and advocacy – and applaud the Ohio legislators who lived up to their oath to serve their constituents by preserving their constitutional rights and also looking out for their physical and emotional health.
Ohio now joins 21 other states that have codified this type of protection of minors. It’s our hope and prayer this welcome action will empower other legislatures to follow in the footsteps of the Buckeye State.