As the debate on Texas’ Senate Bill 5 and Wendy Davis’ remarkable filibuster was taking up much of the nation’s attention, Governor John Kasich (R-OH) signed a budget Sunday evening that should go down in history as one of the most aggressive acts against working women that we’ve seen in the 21st century.
From tax policy to health care policy to actual lectures written to be delivered to women, to mandatory, unnecessary invasive procedures, Ohio’s Tea Party Republicans put together a wish list — with the worst provisions added at the last minute with no debate — that places new burdens on the state’s most vulnerable women.
Like Republican legislatures in Florida, Wisconsin and Michigan, Ohio’s Republicans are refusing to acknowledge that President Obama won their state twice. Instead they’re relying on electoral maps redrawn after the 2010 GOP landslide in hopes that 2014 will be another low-turnout election to push an agenda fit for the nation’s reddest states.
Here are five ways Ohio’s Tea Party has intentionally made life more difficult for poor women in their state.
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