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Kasich Thanked Women for Leaving “Their Kitchens” to Campaign for Him

Washington, DC –– Today, in Fairfax, VA, John Kasich thanked women for leaving “their kitchens” to help knock on doors for his campaign.

Quote from Dawn Laguens, Vice President, Planned Parenthood Action Fund:

“This is flat-out insulting. Kasich’s condescending attitude toward women needs to stop, whether it’s on the campaign trail or back at home in Ohio. Kasich has enacted 17 restrictions on women’s health, shuttering nearly half the abortion providers in the state. Kasich’s flippant attitude toward women’s lives is causing real harm.”

Just yesterday Kasich signed a bill to “defund” Planned Parenthood — which will block thousands of Ohio women from infant mortality prevention programs, domestic violence prevention, HIV testing, and breast cancer screenings. And as Governor, he has led a quiet campaign to ban abortion in Ohio, enacting more measures to do so than Texas.

Earlier on the campaign, Kasich had a blatantly offensive exchange with a young University of Richmond student who was exercising her civic duty byasking Kasich a question about his policies.  When calling on her, Kasich said, “I’m sorry, I don’t have any tickets for Taylor Swift or anything.”At another campaign stop in Iowa,Mic reported that, while discussing the fiscal responsibilities of elected officials, Kasich singled out a woman in the audience and asked her, "Have you ever been on a diet?"

Kasich’s repeated disrespect for women shows in his policy agenda, too. As Governor, he has done everything in his power to restrict access to reproductive health care, enacting 17 measures to ban abortion, and shuttering nearly half of the abortion providers in the state. Kasich has appointed anti-abortion extremists to oversee Ohio’s health care agency, enacted laws that subject women to forced ultrasounds, and he even voted against women having access to birth control.