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Conservatives Slam Republican Governor Who Vetoed Ban on Transgender Surgery for Minors

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Riley Gaines, a former NCAA swimming champion and women’s sports activist, urged Ohio’s Republican Governor, Mike DeWine, to sign a bill that would ban transgender surgeries for children.

Governor DeWine ultimately vetoed the bill, known as the SAFE Act. It would have automatically become law by Saturday if left unsigned.

“Governor DeWine of Ohio has had the SAFE Act (protects women’s sports & child mutilation) on his desk to sign into effect since the 15th,” Gaines wrote. (Trending: Melania Trump Announces Big Change For 2024)

The law aims to prohibit gender-affirming drugs and radical sex reassignment surgeries for minors, as well as prevent male-born transgender athletes from participating in women’s and girl’s sports in Ohio.

“He hasn’t signed it yet. He has two more days to sign before it becomes law without his signature. Why the hesitation, @GovMikeDeWine?”

“Other states have dealt with this issue as well, but ultimately, my decision will be based on one thing – and that is what I think is in the best interest of the children that will be impacted by this law,” DeWine said.

This issue is part of a broader national trend, with 22 states having some form of prohibition on transition-related treatments for minors, many of which are facing legal challenges.

The veto did not sit well with conservatives online.

“This is a slogan, not a justification,” Sen. JD Vance, R-Ohio, responded. “There are many things the law rightfully says no one, including parents, may do to children.”

“This slogan also ignores the extraordinary pressure from interest groups and big pharma to green light poorly understood, irreversible procedures,” Vance continued. “I’m extremely disappointed in the governor’s decision and hope it is overridden.”

GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, who is from Ohio, said DeWine “just vetoed a simple law that would have stopped boys from competing in girls’ sports [and] stopped kids from undergoing genital mutilation [and] chemical castration.”

“Even Ohio’s Lt. Governor [Jon Husted] favored passage of the bill,” Ramaswamy wrote. “Shame on DeWine.”

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