Kasich Under Fire by Protesters, Media for Recent Sexist Comments and Actions

 

John Kasich is not having a good week. On Sunday, John Kasich ‘defunded’ Planned Parenthood, blocking thousands of Ohioans from accessing HIV testing, sex education, and infant mortality prevention programs at Planned Parenthood. And then yesterday, he offended women everywhere by claiming that women came out of their kitchens to support his first campaign.

Kasich is getting hammered by the media and protesters in both Ohio and on his campaign stops. His masquerade is over –– and now the American people are seeing what Ohio has known for a long time: John Kasich is one of the most anti-abortion governors in this country. He has long track record of advancing an extremist, anti-abortion agenda and has quietly enacted 17 measures to restrict access to reproductive health care. Under Kasich’s watch, Ohio has shuttered nearly half of the abortion providers across the state, and even blocked funding for rape crisis centers just for referring survivors of sexual assault to abortion providers.

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Forbes: John Kasich Defunds Planned Parenthood, Denies 55,000 Ohio Women Health Services

 

“State law already prevents funding from providing abortions, meaning this $1.3 million would have gone to other life-saving services... Planned Parenthood programs provided more than 3,600 HIV tests, 47,000 STD tests and served 2,800 expecting mothers through the state’s infant mortality program, in the last year, according to the organization.  Ohio has the third-highest infant mortality rate for African Americans in the ​United States.”

 

Vox: John Kasich Effectively Defunded Planned Parenthood In Ohio. This Isn't The First Time.

 

“Despite Kasich trying to cast himself as the moderate conservative candidate, this anti-abortion legislation is typical of his gubernatorial leadership.”

 

Think Progress: Students Confront Kasich On Defunding Planned Parenthood

 

“Outside, a small group of students with the GMU College Democrats held up signs in protest of Kasich’s stance on abortion. “As governor of Ohio, Kasich restricted access to abortion and Planned Parenthood,” one sign read. “Fun facts about John Kasich: YESTERDAY he signed a bill to defund Planned Parenthood,” read another. Lauren Ammerman, 19, was holding the sign calling out Kasich for restricting abortion access, and told ThinkProgress that that was the main reason she was protesting the event. “I believe health care should be a right for everyone, instead of a privilege, no matter what your income is,” she said, noting that Planned Parenthood provides subsidized birth control and other services for low-income women.”

 

Vanity Fair: Why No One Should Be Surprised John Kasich Just Defunded Planned Parenthood

 

“That side of Kasich was easy to forget as the media trumpeted his relentless positivity, pragmatism, and occasional semi-embrace of liberal causes—characteristics that made him appear moderate in comparison to a far-right field including Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. But with his dramatic defunding of Planned Parenthood, Kasich seems to be signaling to Republican voters that, while he may be a nice guy who hates ideological gridlock, he’s still one of them at the end of the day.”

 

MSNBC: Ohio’s Kasich Slashes Planned Parenthood Funding

 

“In other words, in practical terms, John Kasich decided to slash services for thousands of Ohio women, for no substantive reason, with a simple stroke of his pen. The public will pay a steep price because the governor wants to advance his ambitions...This is what passes for “moderation” among GOP presidential candidates in 2016.”

 

Daily Kos: Kasich Signs Yet Another Ohio Law Attacking Planned Parenthood And Women's Health

 

“Kasich gets to do this in his role as Ohio governor, but it’s an important caution to anyone who thinks he looks like the moderate in the Republican presidential field. This is who he is and it’s who he has been all along.”

 

NY Magazine: Moderate Republican John Kasich Defunds Planned Parenthood

 

“Kasich’s move to defund Planned Parenthood is a useful reminder that being ‘the most moderate candidate in the Republican race’ doesn’t count for much. The world’s largest miniature poodle is still a very small dog.”

 

Jezebel: John Kasich, Who Is Terrible, Signs Bill Defunding Ohio Planned Parenthood

 

“Kasich is polling at around 11 percent, meaning one of these other anti-abortion nightmares will likely be the nominee, and he’ll have to re-dedicate himself to making his home state a worse place for women to live.”

 

Bustle: John Kasich Defunding Planned Parenthood Is Way Worse Than Any Women-In-The-Kitchen Comment

 

Kasich essentially prevented $1.3 million in funding for HIV testing, health screenings, and prevention of violence against women. The move to block this funding follows a Feb. 18 GOP debate in which the candidate suggested that the U.S. needs an "all-out war" against violence against women. I guess he had to prove he's conservative enough for a nomination, at the expense of affordable healthcare for people in his state who depend on Planned Parenthood for far more than just abortion services.”

 

Politico: Kasich Gets Grief for Saying Women ‘Left the Kitchens’ to Support Him

 

“The pushback started almost immediately, with one of his own supporters at the town hall giving him some heat over the comment.”

 

CNN: Kasich Apologizes For Saying Women 'Left Their Kitchens' To Back Him

 

“In a news conference earlier Monday in Charlottesville, Virginia, Kasich did not apologize for his remark, but said his comments weren't made ‘artfully’ and pointed out that his campaign manager, lieutenant governor and a Supreme Court nominee in Ohio are all women...He then said, ‘Everybody's just got to relax.’"

 

NYT: John Kasich Credits 1978 Victory to ‘Women Who Left Their Kitchens’

 

“Mr. Kasich’s remark immediately drew criticism, and his campaign later issued a statement addressing his remark.”

 

Vox: John Kasich: Women “Left Their Kitchens” To Support Me

 

“Kasich, generally seen as "moderate," has been criticized for his extreme anti-abortion views. He appointed the president of Ohio Right to Life to his state medical board, and about half of Ohio's abortion clinics have closed during Kasich's tenure as governor. Advocates say the Kasich administration rejects hospital agreements that abortion clinics need to operate, for purely political reasons.”

 

HuffPo: John Kasich Brags Women 'Left Their Kitchens' To Elect Him Back In The Day

 

“Kasich has faced backlash for his remarks about women before. In November, he attempted to explain his experience balancing the budget in Ohio by asking a woman if she had ever dieted. And in September, he got into hot water when he told a story about a note a Latina hotel maid had left in his room.”

 

WSJ: John Kasich: Women Voters ‘Left Their Kitchens’ to Campaign for Me Back in the ’70s

 

“For Mr. Kasich–who on Sunday signed a bill blocking state government funds from going to women’s health organization Planned Parenthood–this is his latest remark that has been characterized as insensitive to women.”

 

NBC News: Kasich: Women 'Left Their Kitchens' For Me When I First Ran

 

“This is not the first time Kasich has come under fire for making dismissive comments during his town halls... Earlier in the campaign, he dismissed a question from a University of Richmond female student saying, ‘No, I don't have Taylor Swift tickets for you.’ He later took her question, but it set off a firestorm on social media.”

 

HuffPo: Women Are Not Idiots, Governor Kasich

 

“Wait a minute governor -- you've got that backwards. The organization that deceptively accused Planned Parenthood of ‘selling body parts’ has not only been discredited, the leaders have been indicted for deception. At the same time the Harris County grand jury absolved Planned Parenthood of wrongdoing in the made-up, made-for-Republican- candidates "scandal." And by the way, according to Forbes, the bill Kasich just signed to defund Planned Parenthood will actually deny services like cancer screenings to over 50,000 Ohio women. That's because Ohio law already prohibited using the money for providing abortions, so that $1.3 million would have gone to other life-saving services.”

 

Daily Beast: Samantha Bee: ‘So-Called Moderate’ John Kasich Is More Dangerous Than You Think

 

“Bee set out to prove that he is not, citing his refusal to recognize same-sex marriages for out-of-state couples in Ohio. Then there is the abortion issue. The head of Ohio Right to Life has said ‘there's no candidate running for president who has done more for the pro-life movement than John Kasich.’ And he supported legislation that banned counselors from mentioning abortion to rape victims.”

 

Nonprofit Quarterly: Governor Kasich Signs Bill Defunding Planned Parenthood in Ohio

 

“Kasich did not go into detail around the capacity or servics provided by these alternate service providers, but he has taken a consistently strong stand against abortion before and during his presidential campaign.”