California Bans State-Funded Travel to Ohio Due to Anti-LGBTQ Law

California Bans State-Funded Travel to Ohio Due to Anti-LGBTQ Law

California’s attorney general, California Attorney General Robb Bonta, announced on Friday that the state will prohibit state-funded travel to Ohio as a decision of Ohio’s passage of the “Medical Practitioner Conscience” clause in June, which has been termed a “license to discriminate” and “the most homophobic legislation in the country.”

When it comes to healthcare, the law allows health-care providers to refuse care if they believe that treatment conflicts with their “moral, ethical, or religious convictions.”

California Assembly Bill 1887 (AB 1887) was passed by the state legislature in 2016, after which it was signed into legislation by ( Former Governor of California) Jerry Brown. California must take action to keep away supporting or financing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, according to the California Legislature. As a result, state agencies, departments, boards, and commissions are prohibited from authorizing any state-funded travel to a state that — following June 26, 2015 — has enacted legislation permitting or prohibiting unfairness based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

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“Denying access to life-saving care is terrible. It’s just that simple,” said Bonta. “Whether it’s refusing to provide gender-affirming treatment or restricting HIV drug access, HB 110 puts the health of Americans at risk unnecessarily. The bill is also in conflict with Assembly Bill 1887, which states that the ban on conversion therapy must not be lifted. When states discriminate against LGBTQ+ people, the California Department of Justice is required to act. As a result, we’re adding Ohio to California’s state-funded travel bans list in accordance with the law.”

“The medical community in Ohio was outspoken in its opposition to the state’s decision to condone assaults on the health of its nearly 400,000 LGBTQ+ people. It’s obvious that this legislation only seeks to discriminate,” “It’s time we put a stop to it,” said California Assembly member Evan Low, who serves as Chair of the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus. “We will never allow Californians to be placed at risk of falling victim to the same intolerant standard by using tax dollars for travel in countries where anti-LGBTQ discrimination

On September 20, 2021, the travel restrictions to Ohio will be in effect.

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