Since taking control of Ohio in January, the Republicans, lead by Governor John Kasich, have been on a rampage of right wing ideological legislation. Now the Ohio Assembly is set to take up another slice of that agenda:
Abortions in Ohio would be banned at most publicly funded hospitals, clinics and other facilities under a proposal Senate Republicans are considering putting in the state budget, a Senate GOP official told The Associated Press on Monday.
The official, who had direct knowledge of the changes being discussed, requested anonymity because the revisions were still a part of negotiations.
State senators are also weighing a separate amendment to restrict public employees' insurance from covering abortions, the official said. Not included would be those public employees of the state's two chartered counties and chartered municipalities, which account for roughly two-thirds of the cities in the state.
This can be added to the growing list of idealogical legislation either passed or in the process of being passed, which includes: stripping unions of bargaining rights, opening Ohio parks to oil drilling, stopping the voter approved casinos, allowing people to carry guns into bars, etc., etc., etc.
The Republicans have no intentions of creating jobs in Ohio. They don't care about our state's economy. All the Republicans are worried about is rushing through an agenda based upon their social agenda.
If one good thing will come from this it's that Ohio voters are getting very turned off by the new class of Republicans. This could end up costing them seriously in the future. I know many Ohio Republicans that are saying they will never again support the Ohio GOP because they did nothing but break campaign promises. That could actually be an understatement. The then candidates flat out LIED to voters. They promised an agenda of economic stimulus and creating jobs. This has even pissed off one of Ohio's most out-spoken Republicans, Willie Cunningham, who used his show last Friday to call for a "peasant uprising" against the Governor and apologized for supporting him.
Of course none of that will stop the short term damage the Ohio GOP can cause. They aren't listening to voters or even their biggest supporters. Instead they have their mission and nothing can stop them. Hopefully Democrats run for state office in Ohio will run on a platform of creating a recall system in Ohio. Right now the voters of this state really could use one.