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Dem officials: GOP is targeting women

Published: 7/4/13 @ 12:06

By David Skolnick



Two Democratic elected officials — Mahoning County Commissioner Carol Rimedio-Righetti and Youngstown Clerk of Courts Sarah Brown-Clark — criticized Gov. John Kasich and his fellow Republicans in the state Legislature for approving a budget the duo says restricts women’s health-care access.

Standing near the city’s Planned Parenthood facility on East Midlothian Boulevard on the South Side, the two said Wednesday that Republicans are targeting women in the $62 billion biennium state budget signed into law Sunday by Kasich.

“I feel like we’re in the early 1900s again,” Rimedio-Righetti said.

The event, like others around the state, was organized by the Ohio Democratic Party.

The budget bill requires a woman wanting an abortion to have a doctor conduct an ultrasound for a fetal heartbeat before the procedure can be done; places Planned Parenthood at the end of the list for family planning federal money, which will result in the loss of about $1.4 million for the organization; and have a mandatory 48-hour waiting period for abortions, rather than 24 hours, unless there is a “medical emergency,” among other provisions.

“The governor is pro-life, and we view these as reasonable provisions to help protect human life,” said Rob Nichols, Kasich’s spokesman. “This is partisan rhetoric not matched by reality.”

The governor expanded medical coverage for autistic children, and he is fighting to expand Medicaid coverage to 275,000 of the state’s working poor, including about 180,000 women, Nichols said.

The changes to Planned Parenthood will threaten critical health-care services such as cancer screenings, access to birth control and testing for sexually transmitted diseases to low- to moderate-income people, Rimedio-Righetti and Brown-Clark said.

“The governor has turned the budget into an attack document on women,” Brown-Clark said.

Planned Parenthood provides abortions.

“Women who come to Planned Parenthood aren’t making a political statement,” Rimedio-Righetti said. “They’re coming for critical, preventive health care like breast exams, Pap smears and even birth control.”


Posted by Catherine (anonymous) on July 4, 2013 at 7:14 a.m.

Planned Parenthood is the biggest abortion business in the USA. They received 45 percent of their revenues from our taxes during the 2011–2012 fiscal year while performing almost a million abortions in the past three years alone. Check it out:

Posted by Wapiti (anonymous) on July 4, 2013 at 7:15 a.m.

All these restrictions for the women, what about the men? You know, the dead beat scum that helped the woman get pregnant. Are they going to be required to have sterilization so they can't do this to another woman? There isn't any reason why they shouldn't be sterilized. Kasich is an idiot.

No wonder the gop won't win the White House.

Posted by chuck_carney (anonymous) on July 4, 2013 at 8:18 a.m.

As a lifelong Democrat I am appalled at the use of tax dollars to provide abortions to take the life of the most unprotected class, the unborn child.

The women who want their babies aborted need to do so with their own money. Although there is a right to an abortion before the third trimester, there is no right to the taxpayers footing the bill

At least Governor Kasich is an ethical person unlike Nancy Pelosi who professes to be a practicing Catholic

Posted by Wapiti (anonymous) on July 4, 2013 at 9:29 a.m.

Baloney! It's up to the woman, who has been left to deal with the situation as best she can. Most of the women who are put in the position to even consider an abortion have no money of their own. So, many are forced to have this child. Now, who do you think is going to pay for this child to make it to adulthood? The taxpayers of course. Even to put it through college if it makes it that far.

How many of these children have the gop, who support these stupid restrictions, adopted? How many have been adopted by those who claim they are protecting the unborn? How many have these so called defenders of life have helped support, financially, these children? Seems to me these people are talking out of both sides of their mouths.

Abortion isn't a means of birth control. But if a woman is already at the point of considering one, NO ONE has to the right to interfere in any way. Let the woman involved make the decision one way or the other.

Posted by TB (anonymous) on July 4, 2013 at 9:32 a.m.

Nice Try Chuck And Catherine. Read The Last Paragraph Of The article Again.

Posted by Not_Surprised (anonymous) on July 4, 2013 at 11:49 a.m.

That notwithstanding, TB, it's not my bill to pay!

Posted by doubled (anonymous) on July 4, 2013 at 7:06 p.m.

carney says ...."As a lifelong Democrat..."

Yeah, right chuck. What a joke.

Posted by Not_Surprised (anonymous) on July 4, 2013 at 8:31 p.m.

Yeah, claiming the Democrat party is nothing to brag about. I'd deny it like all day long like those in the Oakhill scandal.

Posted by popeye (anonymous) on July 4, 2013 at 9:54 p.m.

Sucking the Life out of little girls before they can take their first breath is the real war on women.

Posted by YtownParent (anonymous) on July 4, 2013 at 11:16 p.m.

This Abortion Amendment, just like ever other anti-abortion law since the 1970's, has absolutely nothing to do with attacking women nor saving the lives of an unborn fetus. It's sole purpose is to galvanize the parties bases, yes both parties, and raise funds for the next election. Notice that the protests here are being led by elected officials, not the heads of nonprofit social groups or even Planned Parenthood.

Any abortion legislation is a win for both parties pocket books. The right gets donations and votes for successfully standing against it, while the left gets more donations from its base to fight the conservative fringe. If the legislation fails the left gets some donations so it can continue to stand against the right-wingers, and the right-wing can cull more cash in order to protect the rights of the unborn. Actually coming up with a decent palatable solution isn't in the best interests of the either party. So abortions and unwanted births continue on and the only ones who suffer are the kids, born & unborn.

Posted by TB (anonymous) on July 5, 2013 at 11:08 a.m.

Ns, What's The AlternatiVe? Not Screen Or Do Preventative For People Without Coverage And Pay Increased Costs For Treatment Later Down The Road?

Posted by TB (anonymous) on July 8, 2013 at 8:56 a.m.

RN What Exactly Is The Amazing Legacy You Will Be Leaving Behind When You Pass Away?

Posted by Not_Surprised (anonymous) on July 12, 2013 at 7:51 p.m.

TB, it's the abortion end I oppose. I'm all in for helping with the screenings, etc...