Recently, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine vetoed House Bill 68, a measure that would have prevented biological males from participating in women’s athletics and prohibited doctors from prescribing puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones to children.
This decision raised eyebrows and sparked speculation about potential campaign donations influencing the governor’s actions. According to reports, DeWine received $40,000 in campaign donations from organizations that support access to transgender medical treatment for minors over the course of five years.
These donations came from several children’s hospitals, including Ohio Children’s Hospital Association, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and ProMedica Children’s Hospital. Notably, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital has a Transgender Health Center that offers medical treatments for transgender youth as young as five years old and does not have an age limit for beginning treatment with puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones.
Governor Mike DeWine has vetoed HB 68, a bill that would protect women’s sports and prevent child mutilation. Fortunately, Ohio has the votes to override the veto. @GovMikeDeWine is a spineless coward that needs to be removed from office. pic.twitter.com/u4fGJiF8C0
— Riley Gaines (@Riley_Gaines_) December 29, 2023
When questioned about his veto, DeWine defended his decision, claiming that parents have told him that without these treatments, their child would have taken their own life. He also cited grown adults who claim that without these treatments, they too would have attempted suicide as teenagers. However, this justification raises concerns about the governor’s impartiality and possible financial motivations for vetoing the bill.
Some have accused DeWine of being compromised by dollar signs, stating that politicians often follow the money rather than making decisions based on what is best for their constituents. Former President Donald Trump also called out the Ohio Republicans, stating that DeWine has fallen to the Radical Left and that the bill would have stopped child mutilation and prevented men from competing in women’s sports. Trump called on the legislature to overturn the veto quickly.
ProMedica, a member of The Ohio Children’s Hospital Association and the largest hospital chain in Ohio also gave DeWine $10,000.
ProMedica seems to offer gender affirming care. pic.twitter.com/eVWWdhJdES
— Parker Thayer (@ParkerThayer) December 29, 2023
This decision by DeWine has sparked widespread controversy and disappointment among conservatives and those who support protecting women’s sports and children’s well-being. Many are questioning the motives behind DeWine’s decision and wondering how much influence these campaign donations had on his actions. It is concerning that the governor would overlook the clear evidence of the dangers of gender-affirming medical treatments for minors and the unfairness of allowing biological males to compete in women’s sports.
Ohio Gov. Mike Dewine vetoed a bill which prohibited doctors from prescribing puberty blockers/hormones for minors and banned boys from competing in girls’ sports.
Wonder why he did that? Well, a review of donations found that the governor received $40k from Children’s… pic.twitter.com/mBhPUZu4Yn
— SULLY🇺🇸 (@SULLY10X) January 1, 2024
This situation highlights the influence of money in politics and how it can potentially sway politicians to make decisions that may not align with the wishes of their constituents. The legislature must take swift action to overturn this veto and protect women’s sports and children’s well-being. It is time for politicians to put their constituents first and not allow themselves to be compromised by donations from special interest groups.