From the daily archives: Wednesday, June 26, 2013

This morning I reported on a last-minute amendment to Ohio’s budget that had some strange new language I hadn’t seen. In my post-Texas pre-coffee haze, I reported that it requires an ultrasound before abortion. I was wrong and I apologize.

It requires an ultrasound and 24-hour wait before birth control.

Buckle up, because we’re going through the looking glass.

“Pregnancy” in the context of the informed-consent requirements now means “any fertilized egg”.

Abortion is undefined, but presumably it’s construed to mean “the termination of a pregnancy”.

The FDA claims that hormonal birth control reduces the likelihood of egg implantation. […]

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It should be clearly resolved by now that today’s class of political conservatives is a mindless group of ideologues that tries to save itself from being losers by committing its energies to not being winners. In Ohio, for example, we are burdened with  a bizarre  collection of  rusticated Republican lawmakers carting into the Statehouse on the Chisholm Trail from the great open  spaces of their carefully guarded districts out of reach of urban voters.

Despite the evidence of the past presidential election that they are scarcely a regenerative force in broadening their slack appeal to the masses (beyond Mitt’s 47 pct.), […]

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And the media goes nuts over it.

The Ohio Republican Party and conservatives are crowing about yesterday and today’s poll in Quinnipiac that show Kasich has increased his approval rating (by a point) to an all-time, Obama’s approval rating in Ohio has never been lower, and Kasich has opened up a wide lead against Ed FitzGerald.

The head of the conservative Opportunity Ohio, Matt Mayer, is crowing about how Ohioans are starting to turn against expanding Medicaid.

Unlike other polls that shows Hillary Clinton crushing all GOP candidates in various States (including in Florida […]

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As the women of Texas shut that whole thing down, the Ohio GOP has added another War on Women provision to the Ohio budget.

As is apparently the norm, they want to redefine “medical emergency” and put women’s lives on the line for the sake of their obsessed ideology (and campaign donations).

The latest provision–in addition to the provisions that will close most of Ohio’s abortion facilities, the one that defunds family planning providers, and the one that uses federal welfare money to pay for scientifically fanciful anti-abortion billboards–is largely an “ultrasound-and-mansplaining” requirement in the Ohio budget.

At least […]

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