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Wednesday, October 26, 2016


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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  • m8lsem

    Right to Life is powerful in Ohio so long as the child is in the womb. However, once born, that child’s right to life becomes a right to suffer poverty, sickness, general deprivation, even possibly to listen to those same Republicans saying his parents should have known better than to have a child.

    • TZToronto

      I agree, but I think we all know this. I’m not sure Tea Partiers do, though. As far as “knowing better,” for Tea Partiers, any sex outside of marriage deserves its punishments, which should not be the fetus’s burden to bear (at least before it’s born). As for sex within the bounds of marriage (or rape), well, any child that results from such a union is God’s will, and God will provide–I suppose. Just don’t ask Tea Partiers to help. . . . I wonder how many Tea Party females have had abortions. I wonder how many Tea Party males have paid for abortions for their girlfriends and wives. I’ll bet that Tea Partiers are high on the hypocrisy index.

      • addvocate

        The tea lawmaker in NC had a mistress than made her get an abortion.

        “I know god forgave me” he said.


        Not just the teas. Pro-life women have abortions just as infrequently as any other woman.

        One of them said “the average women has 3 abortions in her life”

        THREE! HA! I was like no, they don’t. The average is 0. Besides, this is HIPPA covered, you don’t have a clue.

  • 4sanity4all

    I hope the voters in Ohio can see the damage that these Tea Baggers are doing to their state, and they put a stop to it in the voting booth. Voters should NOT reward oppression, even if it does not affect them personally. Every woman in Ohio who does not want to be treated like a child or worse, needs to stand up and push back.

  • david steinmuller

    The bill requires an ultrasound, but not necessarily a state rape wand trans-vaginal ultrasound. The relevant part is 2919.19

    • TheSkalawag929

      Who pays for the ultrasound?

      • david steinmuller

        It isn’t specified, which in this case puts it on the patient.

        • TheSkalawag929

          That takes gumption. Not only are these fringers going to force a woman to have an unnecessary procedure but the right-wingers are going to make her pay for it too.

          If Ohioans don’t stand up for more sane representation than they are getting now then they are asking for what they get from here on out.

          • JSquercia

            In Virginia the state specifically said that it can NOT be covered by Insurance .

            Speaking of Virginia don’t love all the perks governor Ultrasound is getting . Rolex Watches , Daughters wedding paid for and non of it reported as a gift . Sorry Gov just cause you’re Christian doesn’t mean you can’t be a CROOK

          • TheSkalawag929

            Virginians have a chance to reclaim their state too.
            If they elect Ken Cuccinelli and his running mate E W Jackson then we will know that the country is truly in trouble.

          • Elise Dee Beraru

            You are so right. Cuccinelli is as corrupt as Governor Ultrasound, taking money from the same diet pill pusher and EWWWWWWW Jackson is a religious fanatic who has shown himself in print and at the lectern to be homophobic, misogynistic and denigrating of any religion other than his own. Obenshain as AG will follow in Cuccinelli’s footsteps in perfect lockstep. If women, the poor, immigrants, children, minorities and non-evangelicals want to survive, Virginians need to elect McAuliffe, Northam and Herring in November. Then we need new AG Herring to prosecute Governor Ultrasound and Cuccinelli for taking bribes and other illegal contributions.
            Vote as if your lives depend on it, because they do.

          • TheSkalawag929

            What you are saying is so true. Our freedoms in this country, it’s sad to say, are dependent on our ability to over come the political inertia that seems to settle on Democrats in non presidential election years. We also need to emphasize the importance of state and local elections because they have more of an effect on our everyday lives than what goes on in Washington.

  • K3HY

    NSA electronically probing email with a fisa warrant = bad
    State physically probing women without a warrant = good

    Nope. No Tea Party, hypocrisy at all. LOL

  • bckrd1

    With the Voting Rights act gutted, it may be even more difficult to get rid of these monsters come 2014 but people better do whatever they can to make sure they don’t lose their right to vote as well as every other right you used to have before they took it away from you.

    • addvocate

      Oh don’t worry. He’s gone. Rural GOP is really REALLY pissed about the fracking.

      It’s impossible to defend and nothing accomplished.

      People have IDs. Everyone has to drive in this state.

      We’ll get it back.

  • bckrd1

    Elections have consequences. Get informed and vote for your best interests

    • tax payer

      The Supreme Court will reverse any decision the voters vote for, so why even vote.

      • addvocate

        Why vote?

        To fire your lawmakers.

  • TheSkalawag929

    Will this be enough for Ohio voters to turn out and get rid of the right-wing fringers?
    Ohioans can’t wait for the 2016 election. They need to begin cleaning out their legislature starting in 2014.
    Time will tell if they have had enough of the right-wing madness or if they are gluttons for punishment.

    • addvocate

      There is so much more than this.

      We could vote him out tomorrow. He lost a lot of GOP support.

      • TheSkalawag

        I’m not sure I follow your post.
        Who could you vote out tomorrow?
        Who lost GOP support?
        Who followed the elitist from Independence against Kasich and what did Kasich and 75% of the state support?

  • JDavidS

    What can you say about a gaggle of half-wits who put ideology above people? Ohio, have a good look around at what the Tea Clowns are doing to you. This bunch, and their ilk are promoted and funded by the likes of the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson. Do you think that they are going to do anything…anything at all, in your interest? They’ll watch you work yourselves into an early grave, not grant you or your family any benefits, such as health care or a decent retirement, and then to add insult to injury, will shit on your grave. Is this what you want for yourselves or your neighbours, Ohio? Wake the fuck up.

  • latebloomingrandma

    You can’t help but feeling that undercurrent of punishment for females having sex outside of marriage. You deserve what you get. I guess we should bring back shotgun weddings and shaming. No matter what these moralists think, we will not go back to the 1950’s and June Cleaver. Times change, and none of these extreme “solutions” are reality based.

    • addvocate

      Sex outside or inside, it’s not you or the laws business. The obsession is psycho. It’s like perversion in our laws.

      I’d like to return to an expectation of privacy.

      You have to be screwed up to just sit here and think about a woman’s business.

      What man thinks its okay to control this? A pervert.

  • Lovefacts

    It’s time to vote the bums out of office. If this movement continues, all of us, especially women, should read the Handmaiden’s Tale. Because I can see this sad future for most women.

    • Allan Richardson

      The novel “A Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood was also made into a movie in the 1990’s. Despite (or perhaps because of) its intelligence, it went straight to video. Most telling line: a TV news announcer reporting on the progress of deporting the “children of Ham” back to Africa.

      And these repressive ideas are not part of the Tea Party philosophy. That ideology (just as stupid in its own way) is to cut back our Federal government to the 1780’s, which is not feasible in the 21st century. It just happens that the same misinformed voters who fall for that line ALSO happen to be religious fanatics, and the “tax savings” lie is just an excuse to appease BOTH groups of ideologues.

    • addvocate

      Oh yeah. They’re fired, that’s for sure.

      Everything was been messed up, nothing real has been done. Even rural folk are furious because of the fracking.

      I’m humiliated. We look like the south now

  • dpaano

    It’s pretty sad that a group of grown men are the ones that get to decide how a woman deals with an unwanted pregnancy! Sure glad I don’t live in Ohio!! If I did, I’d surely move!

  • Landsende

    According to this law every woman in Ohio is considered pregnant even before a fertilized egg is implanted in the uterine lining. That would include children and seniors by their reasoning. The teapublicans are becoming more and more insane every day. Why are they so obsessed with women’s issues when there are so many other more important issues they should be focusing on like jobs, infrastructure, climate change, education and the economy. The teapublicans won’t be satisfied until women are required to wear burka’s and follow ten steps behind men.

    • addvocate

      Why the hell would any law need to define that?

      Where’d we lay that Supreme Court… I can’t believe he’s going to make citizens pay to fight their own state. There’s no chance of it standing up in court.

      It’s time to hit Columbus with signs or something, people!

  • Pamby50

    They just make me ill. When I saw the picture of those smirking men standing around while Kasich signed the budget, I just wanted to cut their d—s off. As for who is paying for these unnecessary ultra sounds, tell the women to bill the baby’s daddy. That would be all the republican men who voted in favor of this nonsense.

  • tax payer

    Poor women are usually left alone holding the baby, and nowhere to go. The sperm donor leaves and is never seen again.