It’s undisputed that about half of Ohio’s abortion clinics have closed as a direct result of Gov. John Kasich and a far-right Republican-led legislature working hand-in-glove, since 2011, to pass a series of restrictions to their operations.
Gov. Kasich, who spent 18 years in congress before parlaying his time there into lucrative jobs with Lehman Brothers and the Fox News Network, remains in the GOP race for president, even though by delegate count  he still trails Florida Senator Marco Rubio , who dropped out more than a month ago, by 24 delegates.
Media have mostly been myopic to Mr. Kasich’s real record in Ohio, choosing instead to focus on his quirky, off-beat, boy-next-door outbursts and style, instead of vetting him for what his policies have wrought in Ohio that won’t play well nationally.
Will Another One Bite The Dust?
One area he consciously doesn’t talk about unless forced to by a town hall attendee or, in rare cases by a real reporter who knows his record, is abortion and access by women to their constitutional rights. Mr. Kasich, now 63-years old and term-limited as governor, is a master of verbiage when it comes to jobs or balanced budgets or taxes, as his interviews before the editorial boards of the New York Daily News and The Washington Post show he’s skilled at.
One key area he’s not so glib about is talking about abortion rights. He says little beyond he’s “pro-life” or that he recognizes rape, incest or if the mother’s life is at stake as exceptions. He signed a bill into law prohibiting mothers of a Downs syndrome children from aborting them. Many of Kasich’s restrictions came from last minute insertions into budget bills that were never heard in committee to allow the public to voice their concerns. He has also signed a bill to essentially defund Planned Parenthood in Ohio. He said he believes the group was selling baby body parts for profit, despite evidence to the contrary.
As a result of 11th hour deal making between lawmakers and Gov. Kasich, Ohio is one of the worst states in the nation for women’s health care access. Another abortion clinic, this time in Dayton, might end its services. The AP Ohio reports that operators of a Dayton abortion clinic are “fighting to keep their license after being denied an exception to state rules requiring the facility to have an emergency patient transfer agreement with a hospital.”
The report said Dayton’s only clinic, which has sought a variance from state health officials only to be denied that request last year by Mr. Kasich’s hand-picked Health Department Director, was informed that a subsequent variance request to add a third doctor, to comply with Hodges’ opinion that two backup doctors weren’t enough to provide 24-hour emergency coverage to patients, was likewise denied in September.
A license revocation hearing took place Tuesday, the same day when Gov. Kasich lost all five state primaries in the northeast, adding to his impressive string of primary/caucus defeats. The Ohio governor is expected to finish third in neighboring Indiana’s primary next week as polls forecast Donald Trump wining at the expense of Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
A federal judge is keeping it open, letting it fight to keep its license, but since the state has the advantage, odds are long that Gov. Kasich loses his undertow battle to make life more difficult for women. He’s married to one and has two for children, so his policy agenda here is unmoored to the real needs of his real life family. Kasich is legend for convoluted thinking, and this is just the latest example of it.
The Associated Press reported that an investigation it conducted last year found aides to Republican Gov. John Kasich, who is running for president, “helped hone some of that language of the 2013 provisions about 18 months before they emerged publicly, despite Kasich never attaching his administration to the proposals during the budget process.”
Gov. Kasich keeps saying he can beat Democrats, and their presumed nominee, Hillary Clinton, in the fall. When it comes to the “what” in politics versus the “how,” Gov. Kasich may find that his not-so-hidden hand in making life difficult for women in Ohio won’t go unnoticed by media waking up to what candidates say they’ll do compared to what they’ve done.
On that score, John Kasich is the wrong man for the job of president at a time when women want equal rights across the board, including and most especially regarding what the constitution guarantees them regarding their body and their individual decisions thereto.