With the announcement last Friday by long-time Ohio Congressman John Boehner that he’ll step down from his role as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and quit Congress by the end of October, Republicans are looking to replace him with another ideological leader bent on mayhem as they grind government.
Republicans may think they are fit to govern, but Americans by a 3-1 margin want the federal government to stay open even though the rabid right wants to shutter it over funding for Planned Parenthood.
In Ohio, under the Kasich Administration, the number of abortion providers in Ohio has been reduced by half along with a decline in procedures due to new restrictive laws. The AP reports that two abortion clinics in southwest Ohio may be forced to close after state health officials said they failed to meet criteria to receive required variances.
The Ohio Department of Health informed Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio and Women’s Med Group of its decisions regarding the Cincinnati and Dayton facilities. The clinics have 30 days to appeal. NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio director Kellie Copeland said of the clinics’ closing, “Their closure will force women to find the time and money required to travel hundreds of miles away,” said the group’s executive director, Kellie Copeland. “Women must have the ability to access abortion care without facing undue burdens. Today’s decision puts that access in jeopardy.”
Voters To GOP: Keep The Federal Government Open
A Quinnipiac Poll released Monday shows that American voters oppose 69 – 23 percent, including 56 – 36 percent among Republicans, shutting down the federal government in the dispute over funding Planned Parenthood.
By a smaller 52 – 41 percent, Q-polling shows voters oppose cutting off federal funding to Planned Parenthood. The poll results note a large gender gap as men support a fund cutoff 49 – 44 percent, while women oppose the cutoff 60 – 34 percent. Opposition to the cutoff is 82 – 12 percent among Democrats and 56 – 37 percent among independent voters. Republicans support the cutoff 71 – 25 percent.
By his silence on the subject, Ohio Gov. John Kasich has shown where his true values lie, and they are not with women and men who love and support women. Gov. Kasich has already boasted that Ohio is already synced up with the army of right-leaning but wrong-headed lawmakers and leaders who want to defund Planned Parenthood as part of their anti-family values agenda.
Mr. Kasich has recognized the recklessness of passing a budget without Planned Parenthood but continues to favor defunding the useful and popular organization, according to The Washington Post. Ohio’s hard-right governor has little to say on women’s rights. “I’ve been pro-life all my career, so there’s — that’s just the way it is,” he said, according to USA Today.
More Q-Poll Highlights:
In other parts of today’s Q-poll, by a small 44 – 39 percent, with another large gender gap, American voters have a favorable opinion of Planned Parenthood. Women have a favorable opinion 50 – 35 percent, while men have an unfavorable opinion 43 – 38 percent.
As Gov. Kasich and his right-wing legislature continue to add more high hurdles and barriers to their already shameful record of making health care rights for women tougher to access, even though the Constitution guarantees abortion as legal, voters are showing these Republican leaders just how out of step they are with their constituents.
Offered four options on abortion, American voter opinion is:
22 percent say abortion should be legal in all cases;
35 percent say abortion should be legal in most cases;
28 percent say abortion should be illegal in most cases;
12 percent say abortion should be illegal in all cases.
“While voter support for Planned Parenthood is tepid, most American voters, especially women and Democrats, don’t want to cut off federal funding,” Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said. “And voters say 3-1, ‘Don’t shut down the federal government over this issue.'” Meanwhile, it might be news to Mr. Kasich and all the other GOP presidential candidates that most Republicans oppose a shutdown.
From September 17 – 21, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,574 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points.