In an election dominated by the issues of immigration, healthcare, and counter-terrorism, the issue of Planned Parenthood managed to squeak itself into the most recent Republican presidential debate.
Donald Trump defended some of Planned Parenthood’s actions, saying that they do wonderful things, just not in regards to abortion. By contrast, in the past (or at that debate), Jeb, Carson, Cruz, and Rubio have all called for Planned Parenthood to be defunded.
In the case of one candidate I left off that list, you don’t have to wait for him to take the presidency to make good on his promise. He’s already doing just that in his home state.
Via the Washington Examiner
Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed a new law stripping more than $1 million from Planned Parenthood clinics in his state.
The Republican presidential hopeful signed the legislation on Sunday during a quick stop home between competing in Saturday’s South Carolina primary and campaign stops Monday in Virginia. The bill makes Ohio the latest state to block public funds from Planned Parenthood. The states have acted after last summer’s release of videos in which Planned Parenthood officials discussed collecting and supplying aborted fetal tissue for medical research.
The money can’t currently be used for elective abortions. But the new law blocks funding for any health provider that performs abortions. The same amount of money would be available, but it would go to different entities.
Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper said that by signing the bill, Kasich shows he’s not the moderate he’s often been viewed as in the presidential race.
The New York Times must be regretting their endorsement of him right about now…
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]