Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Ohio Governor Signs Budget with Numerous Anti-Choice Provisions
The Columbus Dispatch: Kasich signs budget, but veto keeps alive Medicaid expansion, by Jim Siegel:
Gov. John Kasich last night vetoed language attempting to block him from moving forward with Medicaid expansion, but did not touch any of the anti-abortion language before signing the new two-year, $62 billion state budget. . . .
The Washington Post - The Fix blog: What makes Ohio’s new abortion law unique, by Rachel Weiner:
As Texas lawmakers try to pass the abortion restrictions that Democrats filibustered last week, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) has signed one of the country’s most stringent antiabortion bills into law.
While Texas’ legislation was notable for packaging together several barriers to abortion, Ohio’s law contains something unique to the state. Clinics must have an agreement with a local hospital to transfer patients there in the case of an emergency, but public hospitals are barred from entering into those agreements. Opponents of the restriction say they will be used as an excuse to close clinics that have no way of complying. . . .