COLUMBUS — The Ohio Democratic Party and Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus today called on Gov. John Kasich to exercise his line-item veto power to remove provisions attacking women’s health care from the state budget.
“Governor Kasich needs to put his presidential ambitions on pause and focus on what his cronies in the Republican legislature are doing with the state budget,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper. “This is a sneak attack on women’s health care, and Kasich needs to use his veto pen to put a stop to it.”
Both the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Toledo Blade have penned editorials encouraging Kasich to excise the anti-choice language.
Cleveland Plain Dealer: “These draconian rules aimed at closing Ohio’s abortion clinics appear to be a thinly veiled effort to get before the U.S. Supreme Court a challenge to Roe v.Wade, the case that legalized abortion. Ohio women’s access to legal, safe abortions should not be curtailed for such a reason. Kasich should jettison both provisions.”
Toledo Blade: “The governor knows that the General Assembly’s anti-abortion extremism is out of step with Ohioans’ preferences and with women’s constitutional rights. As a self-described compassionate conservative, Mr. Kasich should defy his party’s cruel instincts, and affirm women’s right to make their own health-care choices.”
“Women’s health care decisions are not an issue for the state budget,” said Kathy DiCristofaro, chair of the Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus. “These provisions are dangerous for women’s health, and Governor Kasich should use his line-item veto power to protect Ohio women.”