HB 513: Medical Care Ban for LGBTQ Youth framed as “Protecting Vulnerable Children Act”
This bill will place a complete ban on affirming physical and mental health treatment of LGBTQ youth in Ohio, with a specific focus on transgender youth. This is one of the most extreme political attacks on transgender people in recent memory. Not only does it display a fundamental ignorance about transgender children, it also criminalizes medical care best practices for transgender youth backed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and other leading medical authorities.
Medical professionals, not politicians, should decide what medical care is in the best interest of a patient in accordance with the current medical best practices. This proposal is about criminalizing medical care. Under this proposed bill:
- Providing affirming treatment for LGBTQ youth will be a felony, meaning doctors will be thrown in prison, simply for following their Hippocratic Oath to care for their patients and provide best practice medical care to transgender youth.
- Doctors would be forced to violate existing standards of medical care for transgender patients—standards that are endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and other leading medical authorities.
What Can You Do?
We must stop this bill in its tracks before it gets any momentum. To do that, we need you to:
- Call Health Committee Chair, Rep. Scott Lipps, and tell him to kill HB 513. You can do that at the link below.
- Send an email to the Committee, asking them to stop the bill here.
- Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper explaining just how harmful this bill is and why your elected officials should oppose it.
What Happens Next?
- Hearing for sponsor testimony. This hearing is required by law and provides the bill sponsors, Rep. Ron Hood and Rep. Bill Dean a chance to introduce the bill to the committee. It is our hope and expectation that this will be the only hearing this bill will receive.
- Hearings for proponent testimony. If proponent testimony is scheduled, then the committee will hear from people who support the ban on medical care for transgender youth. This is a normal part of the legislative process.
- Hearings for opposition testimony. If opposition testimony is given, people who support affirming care for LGBTQ youth will have designated time to argue against the bill. If you have a personal story that you would be willing to share or can speak to this issue professionally, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Committee Passage. If the bill is voted out of committee, then it can be considered for a floor vote by the entire Ohio House.
- If it is voted out of the Ohio House, then the process repeats in the Ohio Senate.