When Gov. John Kasich
chose not to veto items
in the state budget that related to abortion it meant that Ohio will have some
of the most restrictive regulations in the country.
Ohio Right to Life quickly applauded the governor’s
decision to keep five pro-life amendments in the budget and said the state’s
two-year spending plan has been referred to as the “most pro-life in history”
thanks to the leadership of Ohio House of Representatives Speaker Bill Batchelder
and Ohio Senate President Keith Faber
The organization cited the amendments that it endorsed:
reprioritization of family planning funds away from Planned Parenthood,
heartbeat informed consent requirement, establishment of new funding for
pregnancy centers, a ban on public hospitals from entering into transfer
agreements with abortion clinics, and strengthening of abortion clinic
After the governor signed the budget a week ago he did not
take questions from reporters, various media outlets reported.
Pro-choice groups along with the Ohio Democratic Party
blasted the new regulations regarding abortion.
Kasich’s likely challenger in the Nov. 2014 is Cuyahoga
County Executive Ed FitzGerald
, a Democrat, who said the governor refused
to stand up for Ohio women and escalated attacks on women’s health care by
defunding Planned Parenthood.
FitzGerald also said the new regulations force doctors to
perform medically unnecessary procedures that interfere with the privacy
between a woman and her doctor and that jeopardize women’s health.
As I have written before, the state budget often defines a
governor’s term in office and it can provide an issue for the opposite party to
rally behind for the next election.
A picture of the governor signing the budget with six men
around him quickly has circulating the Internet and was placed front and center
while FitzGerald gave remarks recently during a rally in Cleveland.
The governor repeatedly has said that he considers himself
pro-life, so his decision not to veto the abortion provisions was not a shock.
Will the subject of abortion become a major issue when
voters go to the polls to vote next year?
Recently filing candidacy petitions in Lake County were Charles C.
Hillier, Josh Pennack
and Susan McGuinness
Township trustee, Jennifer Harden
and Belinda Grassi
School Board, Laura
and Mary F. Matala
for Eastlake Council at large, Dennis Dicki
for Timberlake Council, David J. Krych
for Wickliffe Council president, Mark
Iafelice and Sherry Koski for Wickliffe Council at large, Edward C. Matyja for
Wickliffe Council Ward 2, Stephen Norris for Willoughby Council Ward 2, Robert E. Carr
for Willoughby Council Ward 4, Lauren Reichard
for North Perry
Recently taking out candidacy petitions with the Elections
Board in Lake County are Frank Zalek Jr.
for Painesville Township trustee, Tom Fitzgerald
for Painesville Council Jan. 1, 2014 term, Katherine Paolino
School Board, Robert
for Perry Township trustee, Kenneth Zalar
Timberlake Council, and Cindy Quinn-Hopkins
for Eastlake mayor.
It’s worth noting that if Quinn-Hopkins eventually files
there would be a nonpartisan primary Sept. 17 with the two top voter-getters
then appearing on the Nov. 5 ballot. Others who already filed for the office
are Mayor Ted
and Council President Dennis Morley
. The deadline to file
for this race is July 17.
Andrzejewski hosts his ninth annual
golf outing, 8:30 a.m. shotgun start July 19 at Pine Ridge Golf Course in
Wickliffe. See Andrzejewski.
Fundraiser for Mentor Councilman Ray Kirchner
5:30 to 8 p.m. July 29 at Cabanas Restaurant in Mentor. See George Maier
State Rep. Ron Young
hosts Summer Sizzle fundraiser with special guest U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce
6 to 8 p.m. July 29 at South River Winery in Harpersfield Township. See Young.
Lake County Commissioner Robert E.
, 10th Annual Ferrante Winery Celebration in Harpersfield
Township. 5:30 to 8 p.m. July 31. See Ernie Koenig
Mentor on the Lake Councilwoman Desirea
hosts a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 10 at Amvets
Post 109 in Mentor on the Lake. See Desirea or John Thompson
Labels: 2014 election, abortion, Ed FitzGerald, John Kasich, Ohio budget, Ohio Governor race