JERK: Gov. John Kasich Defunds Ohio’s Planned Parenthood

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“Why do you hate women’s health?” a young woman asked at one of presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich’s South Carolina rallies. It was a great question for the Ohio governor, because he just signed a bill ”defunding” Planned Parenthood, which reminds us that the so-called described “moderate” candidate is definitely anti-abortion.

Kasich responded to the woman’s question by going into infant mortality statistics.

Religious ferver has driven conservative politicians in Ohio, with presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich at the spear tip, to gut Planned Parenthood. The bill he signed eliminates $1.3 million. Never mind that only three percent of the total services involve abortion.

That money would have helped finance programs to prevent violence against women, perform breast cancer screening, and arrange STD testing, among many other Planned Parenthood services.

Women without access to birth control at clinics after a state removes funding for them have significantly more babies, according to the most recent New England Journal of Medicine study.

Emma Akpan is one of the women who interrupted Kasich’s rally, and she is from his home state:

“I’m from the state of Ohio and I’m a little disappointed that Governor Kasich is cutting off preventative health care services from tens of thousands of women in the state of Ohio,” said Emma Akpan.”Can I get birth control at the dentist?” and “Why do you hate women’s health?”

Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards said the bill will “have devastating consequences for women across Ohio.”

“It’s clear Kasich has no regard for women’s health or lives, and will stop at nothing to block health care for the tens of thousands of Ohioans who rely on Planned Parenthood, said Richards.”

In Ohio, state and federal laws are already in place to stop taxpayer dollars from being directed toward abortions, with exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother. So, removing funding for Planned Parenthood is a religious stance.

In addition to all other problems, rural HIV outbreaks often occur when states undermine the health infrastructure, including the counselors, nurses, and STD testing.

Lawmakers in Arkansas, Alabama, New Hampshire, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Utah have severed funding for Planned Parenthood. Ohio is just the last in the war on women.

Check out this video below for more information:

Featured Image: Michael Vadon via Flickr.

H/T: NBCnews.com

 

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