Last night’s GOP debate was the worst anti-choice, anti-woman display we have ever witnessed. Time and again the debate moderators asked candidates about the circumstances under which women should have access to abortion. Time and again, the response was: never.
When asked about allowing abortion when the life of the woman is in jeopardy, Scott Walker responded that no abortion is medically necessary: “I’ve got a position that’s consistent with many Americans out there in that I believe that that is an unborn child that’s in need of protection out there. And I’ve said many times that that unborn child can be protected and there are many alternatives that would protect the life of the mother.” Or in other words, he’d let women die.
When asked about allowing abortion in the case of rape, Marco Rubio responded “I have never advocated that,” adding that “future generations will call us barbarians for murdering millions of babies when we never gave them a chance to live.” Or in other words, he’d force rape survivors to carry resulting pregnancies to term.
Mike Huckabee said he would confer legal personhood to fertilized eggs. Ted Cruz pledged to use the presidency to investigate Planned Parenthood. Jeb Bush bragged about funding anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers (which routinely lie to women).
But talk is cheap. Actions are costly, and no one has taken more anti-women actions than John Kasich. His administration has made Ohio women pay a huge price.
The NARAL Pro-Choice America website details the anti-choice records and quotes of each GOP candidate for president and gives them a grade (Spoiler: everyone has an “F”). However, none have a record worse than Ohio’s own John Kasich.
Since becoming governor of Ohio in 2011, Kasich has:
- Banned insurance coverage of abortions
- Added barriers to minors seeking an abortion
- Banned abortion at 24 weeks
- Banned abortions at public hospitals
- Banned local governments from offering abortion insurance
- Banned rape counselors from discussing abortion
- Defunded Planned Parenthood
- Banned public hospitals from having “transfer agreements” with abortion providers
- Required women to receive biased information before an abortion
- Required a forced ultrasound before an abortion
- Created a program to support Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs)
- Required a 30-mile limit on transfer agreements
- Required a denial on abortion license applications after 60 days
- Eliminated coverage on a Medicaid family planning program
- Funded CPCs with $1,000,000 of tax dollars
NONE of the candidates on stage last night come close to that record.
People say that some dogs have a bark worse than their bite. Kasich didn’t bark at all last night — even when given the chance to comment on abortion access. He didn’t brag about his decades-long record of interfering with women’s health care. But rest assured, Kasich’s record bites.
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