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House Agrees to Senate Changes of SAFE Act, King Supports

December 14, 2023
Angela N. King News

The Ohio House agreed to Senate changes to the Save Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act and the Save Women’s Sports Act, which State Representative Angie King (R-Celina) voted in favor of Wednesday.

The legislation will now allow children that are currently taking hormone therapy treatments to continue to do so if the treatments are prescribed by an Ohio doctor. The SAFE Act now only requires the consent of one parent or guardian, reduced from requiring consent from both parents, for a child to begin mental health treatment. 

No changes were made to the Save Women’s Sports Act.

“Sometimes we have to look beyond the legislation and the impact it will have on Ohioans,” said King. “We comprised to get the SAFE Act to the governor and put into law, because at the end of the day this legislation will still protect Ohio’s children.”

The SAFE Act will prevent medical professionals from performing experimental medicalized treatments like surgeries, prescriptions of puberty blocking drugs and cross-sex hormones to anyone under the age of 18. 

Added to the legislation during the committee process, the Save Women’s Sports Act also passed through the house as a part of the SAFE Act vote. The legislation will ensure biological males cannot compete in female-only sports in Ohio. 

The legislation will now head to the governor’s office for his consideration.