Kasich Signs Bill Cutting Planned Parenthood Funding
While he’s been trying to position himself as a voice of reason and moderation in the Republican primaries, John Kasich revealed just how low he will go to pander to the radical right. He just signed a bill that cuts all of $1.3 million from Planned Parenthood in Ohio (because that was just blowing up the budget).
And he didn’t do it in public either.
Gov. John Kasich signed legislation Sunday to strip government money from Planned Parenthood in Ohio, a day after the Republican presidential contender’s weak performance in his party’s South Carolina primary.
The expected action came despite calls for a veto by some legislative Democrats and several newspaper editorials.
The governor did not sign the bill in public. His office made the announcement in a statement.
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.
The bill doesn’t name Planned Parenthood but backers of the legislation have acknowledged the organization will be the most affected. They want the money to go to health centers and other providers that do not perform abortions.
Opponents say the measure puts politics ahead of people’s health care.
Unity over division? My ass!
Solutions over noise.@JohnKasich) February 20, 2016
Hat tip - Jezebel