Ohio media has referred to Kasich’s budget as containing “anti-abortion” provisions. This is true, clearly, but those are merely the tip of the misogynistic iceberg.
To help educate the public (and the press!), we’ve put together this infographic.
Most voters aren’t motivated by abortion policy. They want it legal, sure, but they aren’t going to vote simply because a politician has tried to end legal abortion in Ohio. That’s why the press is shielding Kasich by labeling sexist tax policy, anti-miscarriage and anti-pap smear provisions as “anti-abortion provisions”.
The purpose here is to have a shareable [...]Full Story... →
Fresh off passing a budget that will increase Ohio’s infant mortality rate, Sen. Shannon Jones is touring the state with the Senate Medicaid, Health & Human Services Committee.
In 2009, the Ohio Department of Health formed the Ohio Infant Mortality Task Force (OIMTF) to address our infant mortality rate, which is currently 3rd-highest in the nation; our infant mortality rate among African-Americans is the highest in the nation. (In 2009, we were the 12th-highest. Go Team Kasich!)
The OIMTF made a 10-point recommendation to address the problem, but the Ohio budget systematically undermines each of the 10 recommendations. [...]Full Story... →
A friend of the site wrote this personal and quite powerful essay about her experiences dealing with difficult pregnancies and how paternalistic, anti-women measures included in Ohio’s two-year budget legislation would affect real families. We greatly appreciate her honesty and willingness to share her family’s story.
Government On My Mind
by Emily in Columbus
My husband and I, even when grieving, have a dark sense of humor. You know those adhesive stick-figure characters people put on their cars to depict their families — Dad, Mom,, two boys, a girl, a dog and a cat — well, we thought ours [...]Full Story... →
The changes to Ohio law enacted in the state budget would require a doctor to attempt to detect a fetal heartbeat. But anyone who tries to imply that your lady parts would be violated will quickly be tagged as the worst kind of liar, thanks in part to the fine folks at Politifact.
On Friday, Politifact gave Rachel Maddow a “pants-on-fire” rating for claiming that the new budget (HB59) would require a “mandatory vaginal probe at the insistence of the state.”
House Bill 59 does, in fact, specify that doctors must determine whether a fetal heartbeat exists, something that can [...]Full Story... →
The Plundercrew has spent a lot of time detailing the anti-woman aspects of Kasich’s budget (with more surely to come!) as well as its regressive tax swap. It should come as little surprise that Kasich’s tax plan is, at its essence:
Cut taxes that men pay and raise taxes that women pay
The Kasich plan raises some taxes and lowers others. I still haven’t seen revenue estimates, so we’ll treat each aspect as having a generally equal impact.
Income tax: Ohio taxes earned income by 0.5% to 5%, depending on [...]Full Story... →
We’ve barely scratched the surface of Gov. Kasich’s 6000-page hate letter to women. The new budget will make it much more difficult for pregnant women to enroll in Medicaid and access timely prenatal care. This will result in the actual death of actual babies.
The budget actually undermines all seven parts of the Ohio Department of Health plan to address infant mortality. I want to focus on the process of enrolling in Medicaid.
In Ohio, 40% of deliveries are covered by Medicaid. This ODH report from 20091 gives a lot of insight into the effects of Medicaid coverage, [...]Full Story... →
Women who miscarry in Ohio will now be given propaganda intended to coerce women into giving birth, and face a 24-hour waiting period to think it over.
This is part of the same amendment that will require an ultrasound before birth control. In addition to redefining “pregnancy”, it also redefines “medical emergency”.
What to expect when you have pregnancy complications
Except in very narrow circumstances (see below), your OB-GYN will face criminal penalties if you aren’t subjected to the ICMS (Informed-Consent Mansplaining and Shaming) before he treats your miscarriage. The ICMS is generally bad enough; when you [...]Full Story... →
Since the beginning of his term as Governor, Kasich has shown a complete lack of respect for women:
Kasich pays his male staffers 56% more than his female staffers. Kasich defended his very low number of female cabinet appointments by saying his “wife makes all the minor decisions”. The few women Kasich did appoint to Cabinet positions ended up at agencies with much smaller budgets and smaller staff sizes. Kasich appointed attorney Mike Gonidakis, the unqualified president of Ohio Right to Life, to the Ohio Medical Board And let’s not forget that [...]Full Story... →
Two nights ago I posted about a last-second anti-woman amendment to the Ohio budget, which awaits Governor Kasich’s signature. Because of the large quantity of commentary, I’d like to clarify with a second post.
The lens for viewing the last-second undebated ultrasound provision in the Ohio budget is that of Personhood, not of Heartbeat legislation. Why? Because it defines “pregnancy” as:
the human female reproductive condition that begins with fertilization, when the woman is carrying the developing human offspring, and that is calculated from the first day of the last menstrual period of the woman.
And it defines “fetus” [...]Full Story... →
John Kasich has a new Jindal-Lite plan to raise taxes on Ohioans, and the legislature has 1 week to mull it over.
The conference committee for the Ohio budget has reported out a plan with completely different tax provisions than either chamber. It dramatically raises sales taxes and property taxes to finance a tax cut for business investors and an income tax cut for the rich, with a number of other brand new changes.
Whose taxes are going up?
Pays sales tax Doesn’t pay sales tax Ohioans who buy things Non-Ohioans People with no [...]Full Story... →
Kasich: What are we going to do tonight?
Senate GOP: The same thing we do every night. Try to ban abortion in Ohio.
A provision has been added to the Senate budget bill that intends to close most of Ohio’s abortion clinics. It would ban public hospitals from entering transfer agreements and allow the director of the Ohio Department of Health to reject the new agreements with private hospitals.
I wonder why they can’t find time to learn about Medicaid?
Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are required by Ohio law to have agreements with hospitals to transfer patients [...]Full Story... →