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Moe v. Yost

Location: Ohio
Status: Ongoing
Last Update: May 23, 2024

What's at Stake

Two transgender adolescents and their families are challenging Ohio’s House Bill 68, a law passed in January 2024 that prohibits gender-affirming medical care that is widely accepted to treat gender dysphoria, helping alleviate the distress of gender dysphoria and significantly improving patients’ mental health and well-being. Such treatment is supported by leading medical experts and all major U.S. medical organizations, including the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Near the end of the 2023 state legislative session, Ohio’s legislature passed House Bill 68, a law that prohibits gender-affirming medical care such as hormone treatments and puberty blockers for transgender youth. The law was vetoed by Governor Mike DeWine, saying decisions about this care “should be made by the people who love these kids the most, and that’s the parents.”

Soon after, the legislature overrode Governor DeWine’s veto and enacted HB 68 into law. On behalf of two transgender adolescents and their families, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Ohio, and the global law firm Goodwin filed a lawsuit in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas.

Gender-affirming care is a range of medical treatments for those with gender dysphoria. Bans like HB 68 are broadly opposed by major medical associations nationwide, including but not limited to the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Psychological Association.

In addition to H.B. 68, additional state restrictions are being imposed on trans youth through rules proposed by the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

UPDATE 5/16/2024: On April 16, 2024, the trial court entered a temporary restraining order, preventing H.B. 68 from being enforced while the case proceeds. On May 3, 2024, the trial court extended that temporary restraining order through the conclusion of the trial, currently scheduled for July 15th

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