Meanwhile, in Ohio...

[Content Note: War on agency.]

Pro-choice people across the country (see, for example, TEXAS!) are making it clear that they want access to abortion. And yet, despite this outcry in defense of a legally guaranteed right, the Republican Party marches on, waging a war on agency against people with uteri.

Last night, as part of a budget bill, Republican Ohio John Kasich signed into law three new restrictions on abortion.
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.

..."Governor John Kasich, surrounded by a smiling group of Republican male legislators, just signed a bill in Ohio that will defund Planned Parenthood and force women seeking abortions to get medically unnecessary ultrasounds," [Elisabeth Smith, spokeswoman for the Democratic Governors Association] wrote in the e-mail. "These positions are controversial, unpopular, and well out of the mainstream in any state, let alone Ohio."

Kasich did not take questions from reporters after signing the budget legislation.
Of course he didn't. Because he doesn't even have the decency to be accountable to the people whose rights he just curtailed with a sweep of his pen.

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