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Kasich: Trump Doesn’t Bother Me.

Today I woke up to this headline:

John Kasich: Trump’s Behavior ‘Just Doesn’t Seem to Bother Me.’

Are you kidding me? Doesn’t bother you? I guess its nice to be privileged enough so that blatant sexism doesn’t have to ruin your day. But as the Governor of Ohio, a husband, and a father of two teen-aged daughters you should be outraged. You should be responding at the top of your lungs all day and every day.

The statements of Trump are not ones we can simply ignore and hope they go away. Ignoring these kinds of statements has gotten us to where we are today. Silence gives permission, responding, especially from privileged white men like John Kasich, is the only way we start to make a difference.

Just this weekend someone else did take a stand. Each year radio host Erick Erickson hosts the RedState Gathering, and on Saturday morning Erickson took the stage and announced that he had disinvited Donald Trump. In doing so he told the crowd, “If our standard-bearer has to resort to that, then we need a new standard bearer.”

Not responding is not “staying out of the fray” or “not taking the bait.” Not responding is allowing these statements to go unchecked. Kasich shows that he doesn’t care about women when he fails to challenge Trump’s ridiculous statements.

When you start to think about Kasich’s record, this refusal to respond is completely aligned with Kasich’s previous statements and his track record as an elected official. This is a man that referred to his wife as “my hot wife” in his 2012 State of the State Speech.

Later that same year in a speech at a Romney/Ryan rally Kasich talked about how is wife, along with the wives of Paul Ryan and Rob Portman were too busy to come to the rally because they were “at home doing the laundry.”

His policies put these words into action. Kasich has signed 16 different policies into law that restrict access to abortion care. Kasich’s feelings about women also spread to his Governor’s office. According to a report from Plunderbund half of the staff in his office were women. But of the 17 top positions, only four were women. It’s not just Trump that Kasich wants to ignore, it’s the women of Ohio, and he hopes that we ignore him too. Well, sir, that is never going to happen. You may stay silent on Trump, but we will not stay silent on your record.

While looking for the video included in this post we came across this quote from Kasich’s 2012 State of the State: “We’re the Saudi Arabia of coal.”

Under Gov. John Kasich, Ohio is quickly becoming the Saudi Arabia of women’s rights.

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Help build a pro-choice Ohio. Every day, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio fights to protect access to the full range of reproductive health care options—including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and safe & legal abortion care. We educate the public about the real threat to women’s healthcare posed by anti-choice legislation and policies. We mobilize pro-choice Ohioans to take political action to defend reproductive rights. And we are the voice for Ohio’s abortion clinics, helping them navigate the increasingly hostile climate created by extremist groups. But we need your help. As a member organization, we rely on your financial support to fund our important legislative, educational, and grassroots activities.

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Debate #1: Does Kasich want Trump’s money now?

We already talked about how none of the candidates denounced Donald Trump during the first GOP debate on Thursday. The question came from moderator Megyn Kelly: how will Trump run against Hillary after having made many, many disgusting comment about women? The answer contained no apology for his statements.

Friday night, Trump called in to CNN to give Don Lemon more of his opinion on Kelly. Trump attacked Kelly, saying:

She had blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.

Trump’s attack, which was joined by actual death threats on Twitter from his supporters, is not separate from the GOP platform. The statements by Trump about menstruation and the attacks on basic women’s health care fit together hand-in-glove.

  • A majority of Republican US senators voted to defund Planned Parenthood last week, including GOP candidates Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, and Ted Cruz.
  • Governors Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, and John Kasich all signed legislation to defund Planned Parenthood in their home states.

Kasich, worse than the rest, is going to have to reconcile some differences here if he wants to move ahead with women voters.

During the debate — and AFTER Trump’s comments on women were proudly admitted — John Kasich asked him for a donation. DURING THE DEBATE. 

How can John Kasich claim to represent women when he openly solicits money from billionaires that treat women like shit? How could John Kasich denounce Trump’s vicious attack on Megyn Kelly when he’s asking Trump for a handout at the same time?

John Kasich won’t be able to be president when he’s riding that deep in Donald Trump’s pocket.


Help build a pro-choice Ohio. Every day, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio fights to protect access to the full range of reproductive health care options—including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and safe & legal abortion care. We educate the public about the real threat to women’s healthcare posed by anti-choice legislation and policies. We mobilize pro-choice Ohioans to take political action to defend reproductive rights. And we are the voice for Ohio’s abortion clinics, helping them navigate the increasingly hostile climate created by extremist groups. But we need your help. As a member organization, we rely on your financial support to fund our important legislative, educational, and grassroots activities.

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Debate #1: No dog barks worse than Kasich bites.

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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.


Help build a pro-choice Ohio. Every day, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio fights to protect access to the full range of reproductive health care options—including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and safe & legal abortion care. We educate the public about the real threat to women’s healthcare posed by anti-choice legislation and policies. We mobilize pro-choice Ohioans to take political action to defend reproductive rights. And we are the voice for Ohio’s abortion clinics, helping them navigate the increasingly hostile climate created by extremist groups. But we need your help. As a member organization, we rely on your financial support to fund our important legislative, educational, and grassroots activities.

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Debate #1: Wedge issues for wedge candidates

It was interesting last night to see who shined and who disappeared while on stage. The debate started out by asking the candidates to promise to support whoever the nominee is and to not run as an independent candidate, which Donald Trump, of course, refused to do. He was also called out by Megyn Kelley for speaking negatively of women and he tried to laugh it off by saying “only Rosie O’Donnell.”

As the debate went along, I was quite surprised and annoyed by the fact that they (the Fox News moderators) hardly asked any questions about what the American people want to talk about. Facebook, who was their major co-sponsor, did a poll of the top five things that people wanted to hear the candidates discuss: Race issues, Mexico, Economy, LGBT issues, and Immigration.

They spent 27 seconds asking about #Blacklivesmatter to one candidate: Scott Walker, who didn’t say “Black Lives Matter” or even say the word race, but instead talked about better training for police officers.

They mentioned race again later to Ben Carson who replied with a generic, we need to stand united because we’re stronger together. Black people do want to be united and feel like we’re apart of the American Dream, but it’s hard to feel that way when you’re being killed in record numbers by the state sanctioned people who are supposed to protect you and none of the GOP (and some of the Democratic) candidates are trying to touch this topic with a 40 foot pole.

Planned Parenthood also received plenty of air time during which Jed Bush bragged that he defunded Planned Parenthood in Florida.

Scott Walker refused to answer whether or not he would let a woman die rather than allow her to receive an abortion.

Marco Rubio blasted back at Megyn Kelley for alleging that he supported exceptions for rape and incest, but Rubio claims that he never supported those exceptions.

While the rhetoric around immigration and gay marriage may have softened over the last 8 years, abortion has been the law of the land for over 40 years and is still labeled as something that is going to send the U.S. to hell in a handbasket and must be stopped even if it means letting women die. Irony?


Help build a pro-choice Ohio. Every day, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio fights to protect access to the full range of reproductive health care options—including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and safe & legal abortion care. We educate the public about the real threat to women’s healthcare posed by anti-choice legislation and policies. We mobilize pro-choice Ohioans to take political action to defend reproductive rights. And we are the voice for Ohio’s abortion clinics, helping them navigate the increasingly hostile climate created by extremist groups. But we need your help. As a member organization, we rely on your financial support to fund our important legislative, educational, and grassroots activities.

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Kasich Wins In A Landslide

Kasich Wins In A Landslide
Wins contest for worst record on women’s health

Tonight, while ten candidates will vie for the Republican nomination, only one will be able to claim the title of Worst Candidate For Women. As governor, Ohio’s John Kasich has actually signed into law sixteen measures attacking women’s health. Where some candidates may use more extreme language on abortion rights and against abortion providers, only John Kasich can claim to have done more to destroy access to abortion services in his state.

NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland offered the following statement: “John Kasich has enacted abortion bans and cut funding for family planning services to Planned Parenthood. His record of signing one terrible bill after another is unmatched among tonight’s debate panelists.

“During the Kasich administration, half of Ohio’s abortion clinics have closed. These closures happened because Kasich allows his political appointees to use the Ohio Department of Health as an attack vehicle against abortion providers across the state.

“They say that some dogs’ bark is worse than their bite. This isn’t the case for John Kasich. He might not bark tonight, but he has been chewing away at women’s rights for years.”

Supporters of NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio are joined by the national NARAL organization, which is asking presidential candidates to #OwnIt and admit to their anti-abortion records. Visit https://ownit2016.com/ for more. Gov. Kasich’s failing grade with women will continue to be a part of their discussion of the 2016 presidential election.

The table below shows each candidate’s recorded votes or signed legislation attacking women’s health care.

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Help build a pro-choice Ohio. Every day, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio fights to protect access to the full range of reproductive health care options—including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and safe & legal abortion care. We educate the public about the real threat to women’s healthcare posed by anti-choice legislation and policies. We mobilize pro-choice Ohioans to take political action to defend reproductive rights. And we are the voice for Ohio’s abortion clinics, helping them navigate the increasingly hostile climate created by extremist groups. But we need your help. As a member organization, we rely on your financial support to fund our important legislative, educational, and grassroots activities.

Contribute to NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio