Ohio retracts suggested limitations on gender-transition procedures for adults.

On February 7, 2024 at 7:19 PM EST, the administration of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced a change in their plans to impose rules that could have restricted gender-affirming medical treatment for adults. The proposed rules, which were met with concern from advocates, would have required specific medical professionals to be involved in creating gender-affirming care plans for clinics and hospitals. Patients under 21 would have also been required to undergo counseling for at least six months before receiving hormone treatment or gender-affirming surgery.

After receiving public comment, the Department of Health and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services revised their proposals. The new versions will only apply to the care of minors, not adults. In a statement, DeWine’s office emphasized his focus on protecting children and stated that the changes were made in response to public feedback.

While 21 states have adopted laws banning some aspects of gender-affirming care for minors, only Florida has restricted care for adults. The revised rules in Ohio will now move forward for review before being implemented. They still require minors to undergo counseling before receiving gender-affirming treatment, but the list of qualified mental health professionals has been expanded. Additionally, the requirement for a medical ethicist to be involved in developing facility-wide treatment plans has been removed.

It is important to note that the Ohio Legislature recently passed a law banning gender-affirming surgeries and hormone therapies for minors, which will take effect in April. This could potentially limit the impact of the revised rules for minors. This update was first reported by CBS News on February 7, 2024 at 7:19 PM EST. © 2024 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.  

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