After vetoing 6-week ban, Kasich signs an extreme 20-week abortion ban
“Kasich is on a mission to make abortion illegal in Ohio, and he’s intent on using smoke and mirrors and backdoor politics to do it.”
Washington, DC –– Today, Governor John Kasich vetoed a 6-week abortion ban, while signing a dangerous 20-week abortion ban sent to him by the Ohio legislature. The Ohio State Medical Association urged a veto on the 20-week ban, legislation that blocks a woman from making important medical decisions during her pregnancy. After the legislature rushed the bans through at the 11th hour, they were immediately met with widespread protests all week at the Ohio statehouse, the Governor’s mansion, in Cincinnati, and beyond, with more to come.
In signing the 20-week ban into law, Governor John Kasich has enacted yet another restriction in the tidal wave of reproductive health restrictions that have been pushed through in Ohio. Since 2011, Kasich and the Ohio State legislature have launched an all-out attack on women’s access to reproductive health care in the state, enacting 18 measures to restrict Ohio women from accessing care in the state.
Statement from Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund:
“Don’t let John Kasich fool you. He is one of the most extreme anti-abortion governors in this country. Kasich is on a mission to make abortion illegal in Ohio, and he’s intent on using smoke and mirrors and backdoor politics to do it. He may hope that by vetoing a six-week ban – which would have virtually banned abortion with almost no exceptions – he comes off as moderate. But Ohio women see right through this and reject this extreme agenda. The 20-week ban will force women to travel long distances and cross state lines in order to access safe, legal abortion –– a barrier that many women simply cannot afford. This is just another shameful attempt by John Kasich to make abortion illegal. And Ohioans aren’t going to stand for it.”
Statement from Iris E. Harvey, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio:
“Every woman has the right to make her own personal health care decisions. Yet, John Kasich and the Ohio state legislature are intent on taking that right away. In his six years as Governor, Kasich has systematically and incrementally enacted law after law to ban abortion in the state. The 20-week abortion ban is yet another example. After the passage of the 6-week and 20-week abortion bans, dozens of activists took to the streets –– showing up at John Kasich’s house, his office, and all over the statehouse. Thousands more made phone calls, sent letters, and refused to be silent. That won’t stop. Women are tired of politicians telling us what to do with our bodies.”
Reproductive health restrictions have had a real impact on health care for women in Ohio:
Nearly half the abortion providers in the state have shuttered.
Ohio women have been forced to drive to neighboring states to access abortion.
John Kasich’s record decimating women’s health care in Ohio:
Enacted 18 restrictions to reproductive health care and nearly half of the abortion providers in the state have shuttered.
Prohibited rape crisis counselors from telling women that they had the option to access abortion services.
Mandated ultrasounds before a woman can get an abortion, and required medically unnecessary and burdensome requirements that have shut down health centers.
Signed legislation which defunded Planned Parenthood and slashed Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies – a Planned Parenthood program that specifically helped prevent infant mortality and the largest infant mortality prevention program in the state, having served hundreds of new or expectant mothers a year. This in spite of the fact that the state of Ohio has one of the highest infant mortality rate for African Americans in the country and has been ranked the sixth worst state in the country to raise Black children.
Targeted funding for programs for domestic violence prevention, HIV testing, and breast cancer screenings, simply because they were administered through Planned Parenthood health centers.
Attempted to defund health care services at Planned Parenthood, jeopardizing access to care for thousands of Ohio patients. 80,000 Ohioans come to Planned Parenthood annually for birth control, cancer screenings, STI testing, and other preventive reproductive health care, and Kasich’s policies put patients at risk. This was blocked in the courts and faced overwhelming opposition from public health experts and Ohioans in Columbus and online.