Kasich Legislation Would Terminate Funding For Rape Crisis Centers If They Counsel Victims On Abortion Options.
According to Reuters, “Ohio’s governor signed a two-year, $62 billion state budget on Sunday that seeks to spur economic growth with a reduction in personal income taxes and includes a provision that critics say will tighten restrictions on abortions in the state. The budget, which was passed by a Republican-majority state legislature, includes a $2.6 billion reduction in personal income taxes which will be gradually lowered by a total of 10 percent over three years. […] It also allows public funding for rape crisis clinics to be suspended if they counsel victims on abortion options.” [Reuters, 6/30/13]
Kasich Signed State Budget That Compelled Any Woman Seeking An Abortion To Undergo A Trans-Abdominal Ultrasound.
According to the Huffington Post, “On Sunday night, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed House Bill 59, the new $62 billion state budget that includes a $2.7 billion tax cut and increases the sales tax rate from 5.5 percent to 5.75 percent, WLWT.com reported. The budget also included several controversial anti-abortion measures, including one that will force any woman seeking an abortion to undergo a trans-abdominal ultrasound.” [Huffington Post, 7/1/13]
Kasich Signed State Budget That “Essentially Cuts Off Planned Parenthood” From Federal Funding.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, “Significant abortion provisions in the budget were not changed. The bill essentially cuts off Planned Parenthood from about $1.4 million in federal family-planning dollars by re-prioritizing who can receive the money.” [Columbus Dispatch, 7/1/13]
Kasich Signed State Budget Redefining A Fetus As “Developing From The Moment Of Conception.”
According to the Columbus Dispatch, “The doctor also must tell the woman the likelihood of the fetus surviving to a full term, and the bill redefines a fetus as ‘developing from the moment of conception,’ rather than when a fertilized egg has been implanted in the uterus.” [Columbus Dispatch,7/1/13]
Kasich’s Legislation Would Functionally Outlaw Use Of The IUD In Ohio By Redefining Pregnancy.
According to MSNBC, “And Republican policymakers in the state decided to redefine the words “pregnancy” and “fetus” in state law — the budget decides that a woman is pregnant even before a fertilized egg is implanted in the uterine lining. The effect of this policy may prevent a woman from using an IUD in the state of Ohio. Kasich has a line-item veto power, and could have signed the budget without these new measures. But he chose instead to leave these provisions intact, signing the budget, shaking a few hands, and then quickly leaving the room before anyone could ask him any questions.” [MSNBC, 7/1/13]