So-Called “Moderate” John Kasich Defunds Planned Parenthood

Written by SK Ashby

Ohio Governor John Kasich, a man who fools in the media seem to think is some kind of moderate politician, has signed a bill that will effectively defund Planned Parenthood.

Kasich and the state legislature didn't have the courage to point a finger directly at Planned Parenthood by name, but the organization will be the most affected by the new law.

The legislation targets the roughly $1.3 million in funding that Planned Parenthood receives through Ohio’s health department. The money, which is mostly federal, supports HIV testing, breast and cervical cancer screenings, and prevention of violence against women.

The legislation prohibits such funds from going to entities that perform or promote abortions, their affiliates and those that contract with an entity that performs abortions.

This will not stop a single abortion because, as you know, taxpayers funds cannot be used to pay for abortion. The only thing this legislation will accomplish is force Planned Parenthood to cut back on other services.

The group says programs targeted in the bill helped Planned Parenthood in the last year to provide more than 47,000 STD tests and 3,600 HIV tests to Ohioans, serve nearly 2,800 new or expectant mothers, and inform young people and women about healthy relationships.

I can't say Kasich signed this bill solely because he's running for president, for Pete's sake, because Kasich's record of signing similar and related bills into law predates his run for the Republican nomination. John Kasich was never a moderate.

I've seen some clueless numbskulls on the far left say they they won't vote for Hillary Clinton because if they wanted to vote for a conservative Democrat, they'd vote for John Kasich, but I don't know of any Democrats who want to defund Planned Parenthood. Hillary Clinton was the first candidate to call for repealing the Hyde amendment which prohibits taxpayer funds from being used to pay for abortion. I suppose you can't expect Brogressives to care about that.

Only three Planned Parenthood clinics in Ohio provide abortion services and none of the state's clinics participate in fetal tissue research programs.