Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine accepted $40,300 in donations from hospitals that support transgender medical procedures, according to a Daily Caller report.

The disclosure follows DeWine vetoing House Bill 68, which prohibits ‘gender-affirming treatments’ in children and bans biological men from women’s sports.

Republican Governor Vetoes Legislation To Prohibit ‘Gender-Affirming Treatments’ In Minors

"A review of donations from 2018 to 2023 found that the governor received $40,300 from the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association (OCHA), Cincinnati Children’s, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and ProMedica Children’s Hospital, all of whom support transgender medical care," Daily Caller wrote.

Per Daily Caller:

OCHA donated $10,000 to the Mike DeWine and Jon Husted Transition Fund on Dec. 28, 2018, and another $10,000 on Dec. 7, 2022, according to the report. A transition fund allows candidates to spend donations for “transition activities and inaugural celebrations,” according to Ohio’s campaign finance handbook.

Cincinnati Children’s, an affiliate of OCHA, donated $300 on Dec. 15, 2022, to the fund and ProMedica, another affiliate of OCHA, also donated $10,000 in December 2018, according to the reports. Nationwide Children’s, a third affiliate with OCHA, donated $5,000 in December 2018 and another $5,000 in January 2023 to the transition fund.

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The governor’s office referred the Daily Caller News Foundation back to DeWine’s comments on the bill and his veto. DeWine said last week that he was visiting hospitals that provide transgender procedures to hear families out on both sides of the issue but did not elaborate on which hospitals he went to.

"Oh, and would you look at that! The Ohio Children's Hospital Association has given DeWine $20,000," Capital Research investigative researcher Parker Thayer said.

"How nice of him to veto the bill that would have cost 'gender affirming' children's hospitals millions of dollars," he added.

"ProMedica, a member of The Ohio Children's Hospital Association and the largest hospital chain in Ohio also gave DeWine $10,000. ProMedica seems to offer gender affirming care," Thayer wrote.

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The Post Millennial reports:

In reaction to the governor's veto, OHCA president Nick Lashutka said, "We are thankful for Governor DeWine’s thoughtful approach in thoroughly researching the issue of gender-affirming care and vetoing Sub HB 68 today." He added, "We welcome the opportunity to work with the Governor, the Ohio General Assembly and relevant state agencies to ensure Ohio’s youth have access to the critical care they need while also addressing concerns raised during debate on HB 68.

HB 68 would have prevented children from receiving life-altering medical interventions intended to change a child's sex. It also would have barred males from competing in female sports.

In defense of his veto, Dewine said, "This bill would impact a very small number of Ohio's children, but for those children who face gender dysphoria, the consequences of this bill could not be more profound." He claimed it was "about protecting human life."

The Ohio governor is one of only a few Republican lawmakers who have sided with trans activists on child sex changes. The first and one of the most notable was then Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, who vetoed a similar bill in April 2021. He subsequently lost his governorship to Sarah Huckabee Sanders in the Republican Primary.

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