Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine made an announcement on Friday that he would be putting his John Hancock down on a new executive order in his state to ban sex-reassignment surgery for minors, just a week after he utilized his veto power to shoot down a bill that would have done the exact same thing. It doesn’t take a genius to read between the lines. DeWine got bashed against the rocks by conservative folk all over his state and abroad and realized he made a big, big “oopsie” by shooting down the bill.
Now he’s trying to make up for that with this executive order, meaning he’s in panic mode, and trying to about-face before too much damage is done. Hate to break it to you, pal, but you done screwed up and screwed up major league. If you toss this on top of the pile of dung that is your response to the COVID pandemic, well, you may have just ended your own political career.
American voters have made it abundantly clear through making Trump president, DeSantis governor in Florida, and Marjorie Taylor Greene congresswoman in Georgia — among many other lawmakers from various states — that we are done, D-O-N-E, done, with the establishment in the GOP. We want true patriots, people who really do believe in the principles our nation was founded on, representing us in the legislature.
Someone like DeWine is wishy-washy with a spine that twists and turns like Gumby. Not what we’re looking for, sir.
via The Daily Caller:
DeWine was widely criticized for vetoing a bill just hours before the deadline in December that banned puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones as well as sex-change surgeries. DeWine reiterated during a press conference that he believed parents should be the ones making the decisions for their children, but said that he signed an executive order banning transition surgeries for minors in Ohio.
“This ban is effective immediately. Ohio law allows for emergency rules, so that provision is important to public safety and other important public policy goals specified in the statute,” DeWine stated in his announcement on Friday. “This will ensure that surgeries of this type on minors can never happen in Ohio. I know that’s one of the concerns that has been expressed. I’ve never disagreed with that.” The executive order does not ban minors from receiving puberty blockers or cross-sex hormones.
The bill package that the governor vetoed also would have banned male athletes from competing in women’s sports, which DeWine has said in the past that he is not in favor of. DeWine said during the press conference that he isn’t sure whether or not the executive order will be enough to prevent the legislature from overturning his veto.
DeWine also received $40,000 in donations from 2018 to 2023 from Ohio children’s hospitals, which openly support transgender medical treatments for minors. The donations were made to Mike DeWine and Jon Husted Transition Fund, which allows candidates to spend donations for “transition activities and inaugural celebrations,” according to Ohio’s campaign finance handbook.
The Ohio Republican — more accurately known as a RINO — also stated in his announcement that the Department of Health, along with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services would be suggesting a set of rules that would “provide protection for children and adults.” He then went on to explain that should these new rules be adopted, they would require individuals who are thinking about transgender treatments to sit down with a team made up of endocrinologists, a bioethicist, and a psychiatrist before making any final decisions.
He also said that patients would also have to undergo “comprehensive and lengthy counseling” as well as be informed of the risks associated with transgender treatments.
“It’s clear that the most important part is the mental health counseling,” the Ohio governor went on to say. “It needs to be lengthy and it needs to be comprehensive.”
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