John Kasich Cuts Funding For HIV Testing, Fighting Domestic Violence

John Kasich’s ability to talk like a normal person has earned him a reputation as “the sane one” in this field of GOP Presidential contenders. It’s not really a difficult thing to do. Quite frankly, at this point, you could stick Ted Bundy–once a young up-and-comer in the Republican party himself–up there with Trump and Cruz, and he would seem like the most reasonable one. I’m not kidding, go watch an interview with Ted Bundy and tell me I’m wrong. All Kasich has to do to retain this image is not get up on stage and start screaming about how he can only achieve orgasm by setting orphanages on fire.

But that is also why he’s dangerous.

This Sunday, Gov. Kasich signed a bill which would prohibit the state of Ohio from contracting for health services with any organization that performs or promotes abortion, including Planned Parenthood and other groups.

Now, given that the state of Ohio already does not provide funding for abortion through Medicare or otherwise, he’s literally just taking away money from programs that provide HIV screenings, cervical cancer screenings, assistance to victims of domestic violence, etc. etc., all because he doesn’t like abortion. Which, again, wasn’t being funded to begin with.

Since the state of Ohio was already not funding abortion, this will not affect access to or availability of abortion to Ohio women. At all! For any reason! What it will affect are low-income women who rely on these programs for health services other than abortion, which are the ones being funded by the state. Other than that, the only thing it will accomplish is making anti-choice advocates happy, as they are pleased with anything that spites Planned Parenthood.

Of course, if I were them and I really wanted to actually reduce the number of abortions in this country, I’d advocate for universal health care so that having a baby didn’t cost $9,600 in the first place, access to and information about birth control, family leave and public daycare so that people can actually take care of their children once they’re born without fear of losing their job, and a higher minimum wage. All of which, as a pro-choice person, I already do advocate for, and which I’ve never heard a “pro-life” person advocate for in my life. But I guess they’d rather spend their time spiting organizations that provide HIV and cervical cancer screenings for low-income women. Because they love life.

[CNN]