Dumbassery War On Women

John Kasich’s Ridiculous Justification for Defunding Planned Parenthood

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Ohio governor and Republican presidential candidate John Kasich was confronted by a voter who identified herself as a student nurse at a town all meeting at George Mason University (GMU) yesterday who wanted to know why he signed the bill to defund Planned Parenthood.

Kasich's response was just about the most hollow hogwash you can imagine.

“As a future nurse, I recognize that primary care and prevention is the most cost-effective health care for our nation,” she continued. “But we are also facing an STD epidemic. Planned Parenthood’s largest percentage of services are toward STD treatment and prevention. Can you please tell me the economic and public health benefit of defunding an organization that has treated over 4 million people seeking STD services this last year?”


On Monday, Kasich also appeared to use [heavily edited smear videos] as reason for defunding the organization, saying Planned Parenthood had “discredited itself” and that other women’s health centers would be funded instead.

We consider women’s health to be critical,” he said, “but you don’t have to be captive towards delivering it through an organization that frankly is largely discredited.

Planned Parenthood has apparently "discredited itself" by being the victim of a goddamn hoax that Kasich's own administration could not find evidence of. The Ohio state attorney general's office investigated Planned Parenthood and found no evidence that their clinics were selling body parts in some kind of black market bazaar.

Ohio is hardly alone. A dozen states have investigated Planned Parenthood and turned up exactly jack shit. Some states have actually been ordered to reimburse Planned Parenthood for legal costs incurred while fighting this hoax.

The organization has only been discredited insofar as John Kasich says they have. This ridiculous position is not reflected by a single poll of public opinion and it certainly isn't reflected by empirical reality.

Even if it were true that Planned Parenthood had been "discredited," that would not serve as a valid reason to effectively punish their patients who rely on the organization for a host of services none of which include abortion.

Only three Planned Parenthood clinics in Ohio provide abortion services. None of them have ever participated in a fetal tissue research program.

  • Aynwrong

    For very a morbid reason I love it when someone like John Kasich says something like this. It’s a reminder that the only difference between the so called adults in the GOP and the obvious bufoons is always pure surface value only.

    The policies are always the same and usually backed up by the same fuzzy math, pseudoscience, or AM radio mongering or think tank propaganda.

    The infuriating part (aside from the policies and lies themselves) is that so many Americans seem to never catch the reminders.

    Kasich is wrong of course. Planned Parenthood is still above water polling wise. It stands at 59%. Despite the onslaught of propaganda. And propaganda is exactly what it is.

    What Gallop also says is that in 1993 the organization polled at 81% approval. That means in the 22 years since the poll #s have dropped 22 points. The propaganda is working. This should be kept in mind by anyone to the left of the GOP. We are always just an election away from losing tremendous ground.

  • muselet

    It’s the airy dismissal of concerns about women’s access to care that makes John Kasich—and, to be fair, every other R politician who’s decided to make defunding Planned Parenthood the centerpiece of his political career (at least for this election cycle)—so infuriating.

    Other providers almost certainly lack the spare capacity to take over Planned Parenthood’s patient load. Other providers absolutely lack the specialized knowledge and expertise of Planned Parenthood. Other providers can’t offer the continuity of care that is important for any patient’s peace of mind.

    Kasich has proven by his actions that he cares more about his political future, such as it is (he’ll never become President, but Vice President …?), than he does about the lives and health of women.


    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      I will always marvel at the Red Shirt’s insistence on Small Government™, but then be just peachy when the opportunity comes to regulate something they don’t like into oblivion.

      The hypocrisy is astounding.