Just days after Wisconsin governor Scott Walker signed two bills severely cutting Planned Parenthood's funding in his state, Ohio governor and GOP presidential hopeful John Kasich signed a bill to take state (and some federal) funding away from organizations that perform or promote "nontherapeutic abortions."
Planned Parenthood isn't explicitly mentioned in the bill, aka HB 294, but the organization will be essentially de-funded as some of its facilities provide abortions. Consequently, the organization will lose about $1.3 million.
Planned Parenthood officials say this money would have been used for HIV testing, sex education and programs to support moms and their babies at the 28 clinics currently operating in the state.
"This legislation will have devastating consequences for women across Ohio," Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said in a statement, obtained by CNN. "John Kasich is proudly eliminating care for expectant mothers and newborns; he is leaving thousands without vital STD and HIV testing, slashing a program to fight domestic violence, and cutting access to essential, basic health care."
Kasich has frequently been depicted as the moderate alternative among his fellow GOP candidates. In January, the New York Times endorsed the Ohio governor, calling him the "only plausible choice for Republicans tired of the extremism and inexperience on display in this race."
However, the Times did note that he is indeed "no moderate," given his controversial views on same-sex marriage, abortion and public sector unions.
His recent motion to defund Planned Parenthood further proves that Kasich doesn't understand women, among other ridiculous things.
At a town hall in Fairfax, Virginia on Monday, the governor explained to a crowd that he got elected in Ohio in part because "women came out of the kitchen to support [him]."
Yes, this is a real thing a man who wants to run our country just said.
Sadly, the Buckeye state is far from the first to defund Planned Parenthood. Since a series of heavily edited, completely fake "undercover videos" were released by anti-choice activists last year to slander Planned Parenthood, several states, including Alabama, Louisiana and Arkansas have moved to cut funding to the organization.