California Bans State Travel to Ohio Over Anti-Gay Legislation

Saturday September 25, 2021

California Attorney General Rob Bonta
California Attorney General Rob Bonta  (Source:Associated Press)

Employees of the state of California will not be traveling to Ohio any time soon after a news release on Friday from state Attorney General Rob Bonta barring official travel to the Buckeye state, Raw Story reports.

According to the Sacremento Bee, "California is banning state-funded travel to Ohio over the state's new law allowing doctors to decline medical services to people on moral or religious grounds."

Ohio legislators included the provision in a massive budget bill that recently passed. "The provision's language is broad, allowing not just doctors but nurses, counselors, social workers, researchers, pharmacists and others to deny services if they have a 'conscience-based objection' to the specific service requested," the Bee continues. The law allows health insurers to deny payment for services on the same grounds.

"Whether it's denying a prescription for medication that prevents the spread of HIV, refusing to provide gender-affirming care, or undermining a woman's right to choose, HB 110 unnecessarily puts the health of Americans at risk," Bonta said in the news release.

The Ohio law reads that "when possible and when the medical practitioner is willing, the medical practitioner shall seek to transfer the patient to a colleague who will provide the requested health care service."It also designates that emergency treatment doesn't qualify for the objections.

In addition to Ohio, California has banned travel to Arkansas, Florida, Montana, North Dakota and West Virginia, Alabama, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas, the Bee adds.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's office didn't immediately respond to an email from the Bee on Friday.