The provisions in Ohio will make it more difficult for family planning groups to receive funding for preventive care; require ultrasounds for anyone seeking an abortion; and limit abortion providers’ ability to get transfer agreements with public hospitals. [Washington Post]

Gov. John Kasich is waging a war on women in Ohio.

WHILE TEXAS battles abortion restrictions, with Senator Wendy Davis and Democrats pushing back on extremist Republicans led by Gov. Rick Perry, with little national fanfare Gov. John Kasich signed a budget bill that targets women’s access to reproductive health care and counseling.

Gov. Kasich was surrounded by men when he did it.

The legislation Kasich signed, a budget bill filled with poison pills, defunds Planned Parenthood, for starters. Then it takes broad access to clinics away from women, while stripping rape crisis clinics of their First Amendment rights of free speech, threatening to take their funding away if they counsel women on their constitutionally protected abortion rights.

Now abortion providers in Ohio are compelled to get hospital admitting privileges, which if not achieved would force patients getting an abortion to contract with a private hospital if something goes awry. The purpose is to scare women out of getting an abortion by utilizing fear of health risk if they choose to end their pregnancy. It’s the worst tactic you can use against a woman in a very emotional moment, which could have lasting repercussions for women’s health.

It’s nothing less than a barbaric threat. Even if you’re against abortion rights, to put women’s lives at risk like this is inhumane and a matter of human rights. Ohio voters should punish these extremist Republicans at the voting booth, but it will take fair minded people of all political persuasions rising up in a big way.

Extremist Republicans today aren’t conservative, but the notion that they’re freedom-loving, as right-wingers like Sarah Palin profess, is laughable. These religious conservatives believe the government should invade a woman’s privacy, because they’re ideology is founded on the notion that freedom is just for men.

Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern released this statement:

“If there was ever any doubt of John Kasich’s extremist values, he’s made his priorities crystal clear by attacking women’s health care and giving his wealthy and well-connected friends a $6,000 handout, paid for by tax raises on the middle-class. Kasich’s move to increase sales and property taxes shifts a greater burden on to working families across our state, and will make it even harder for local communities to fund essential services like education. And once again, the Governor has shown what a hypocrite and ineffective leader he can be by failing to take meaningful steps on Medicaid expansion.

“And with the stroke of a pen, Kasich launched an all-out assault on women’s health care, defunding Planned Parenthood and putting at risk the life-saving, critical health care they provide, including cancer screenings, HIV tests, and even birth control. But make no mistake, whether it’s John Kasich’s gag on rape crisis centers, the effort to shut down clinics across the state, or even his forced ultrasounds, this budget sets women’s health care back decades. Because of John Kasich, it’s a sad day in Ohio and women will suffer.”

graphic via Electablog