OHIO – Today, a conference committee of the Ohio General Assembly approved language in the state budget that would allow health care workers, hospitals, and health insurance companies to refuse to provide or pay for medical services on the basis of moral, ethical, or religious objection. This would allow medical practitioners to deny medical care based upon the providers personal beliefs, including for LGBTQ people in Ohio. The budget, which now requires an up or down vote from both chambers, would head to Governor Mike DeWine’s desk, where he has the authority and option to line-item veto the language.
With this legislation moving forward, there are more than 250 anti-LGBTQ bills under consideration in more than 30 state legislatures across the country. Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David released the following statement urging Governor DeWine to veto the medical refusal language in the Ohio state budget:
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