KasichUPDATED. Ohio Gov. John Kasich vetoed 22 line items in the state budget he signed last night. But, despite strong protests, he did not not veto abortion restrictions that were stuck into the budget bill, leaving the state with some of the most repressive anti-abortion policies in the nation.

The budget also strips $2 million in family planning funds from Planned Parenthood, redirecting those funds toward deceptive crisis pregnancy centers. It also includes a provision denying federal funding to rape crisis centers who provide information on abortion to rape victims.

One of the anti-abortion provisions set forth in the budget could potentially close a number of abortion clinics in Ohio, as it prohibits abortion clinics from having transfer agreements with public hospitals in cases where a patient needs additional care. However, in order for ambulatory surgical centers to be licensed by the state, they are required to have such transfer agreements. Catch-22! The budget also included an ultrasound amendment requiring doctors to determine if there is a fetal heartbeat and inform women of the likelihood that the fetus would survive to full term.

More to come on this developing story.

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  1. Graham Smith says:

    This entire country is turning into a waste product because of people like Kasich. He doesn’t give half a shit what the people in his state want andhe will clearly do whatever it takes to get things passed so the people can’t protest it. Not just this bout abortion but im also worried about any Union busting put into this budget that got voted down previously in senate bill 5. It amazes and disgusts me that people voted for him or anyone like him. This goverment is far too full of people who only care about what the money is telling them to do not what the people are, its time for that to change.

  2. Governor Kasich struck a terrible blow to the Women of Ohio when he signed a bill that
    basically took away their access to contraception and abortion. The question now is whether the women can do anything to strike back against this outrageous and discriminating legislation, either as a group of citizens or as individuals.

    I know one thing for certain; if I was a single woman in Ohio with no children and didn’t want to get pregnant anytime soon — or not at all — I would take decisive steps to avoid pregnancy entirely. For me, those steps would include:

    1. Plan to relocate, as soon as possible, to a more progressive state, one which was NOT controlled by an anti-choice Republican governor.

    2. End any current dating relationship I might be in, and carefully avoid dating entirely
    until I escaped from Ohio and was safely in the new state of my choice. Since dating can lead to sex, which can also lead to pregnancy, the safest course of action for me would be not dating at all, not while I was stuck in Ohio at least.

    3. If I had voted Republican before, refuse to vote for any Republicans in Ohio ever again.

    Thanks to Governor Kasich, Ohio is not a state I would ever want to reside in or move to, and I’m very grateful I don’t live there. All I can hope for the Women of Ohio is that this guy — and others like him — will all lose their government jobs when the next elections are held.

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