Sunday, February 21, 2016

The GOP WoW factor and the sins of Kasich

That would be the Republican War on Women with its attacks on Planned Parenthood (reported by thinkprogress.org).

Despite a complete lack of evidence that Planned Parenthood is breaking any laws, Republican lawmakers are pressing ahead with their relentless crusade against the national women’s health organization.

A series of heavily edited videos accusing Planned Parenthood of selling aborted baby parts continues to influence the national debate, even though it’s become clear those claims aren’t based in fact. Last month, a Houston grand jury concluded that Planned Parenthood hasn’t done anything wrong. Every state-level investigation into the group has come up empty.

But that’s made no difference to the GOP politicians who are insistent on using this discredited information to attack Planned Parenthood. It’s working. In several states this week, Republican leaders successfully advanced their efforts to undermine the organization’s work.

Look at Ohio for example.

Earlier this month, the Ohio legislature approved a bill to strip funding from Planned Parenthood, and Gov. John Kasich ( R ) announced that he’s prepared to sign it this weekend. The legislation will eliminate nearly $1.4 million in funds that Planned Parenthood currently uses for HIV testing, programs that support mothers through pregnancy, and sex education for foster children, among other public health areas. The bill cites the misleading video campaign to justify the cuts to the organization, even though Ohio’s attorney general has cleared the state’s Planned Parenthood clinics of any unlawful acts.

Add this one to the list of John Kasich's sins. He is not the most rationale GOP candidate - just maybe the least irrationale - at times. When it comes to the crunch, he tends to vote - and acts on- the GOP's list of horrors. Remember that he got on board with delaying the Supreme Court nomination.

BTW: similar stuff is happening in Wisconsin, Kentucky, and Texas.

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