[caption id="attachment_258640" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich answers a question during a town hall style meeting in Salem, N.H., Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)[/caption]
Not sure why Governor John Kasich is still hanging around after South Carolina. Same thing goes for Dr. Ben Carson, too. All we know is that both are showing their selfish side by continuing to campaign, and are taking votes away from other candidates. Neither has a shot at the nomination. Unlikable Kasich was a longshot anyway, and Carson, although sometimes seen as this cycle's "good guy", has no business being president.
Today, after placing 5th yesterday in South Carolina, Governor Kasich signed a bill to strip funding away from Planned Parenthood in Ohio. As reported by Time:
Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Sunday signed legislation to strip over $1 million in government money from Planned Parenthood locations in the state.
The bill prohibits the roughly $1.3 million in mostly federal grant funding that Planned Parenthood receives through Ohio’s Health Department from going to entities that perform or promote abortions, the Associated Press reports.
I am certainly glad that Governor Kasich signed the bill, and stood for unborn life in his state, like other pro-life governors are doing. Since changing the Federal funding of Planned Parenthood seems to be unattainable at this time, each state legislature must take a stand.
But I wonder, especially given his 5th place finish in S.C., where he only beat Carson, does he believe signing this new bill will endear him to voters moving forward? He can't honestly believe his campaign has much time left, given the state of things. I mean, Jeb Bush, who even beat him in South Carolina, gracefully suspended his campaign not long after results were in. Bush may not have been my first choice (or second choice), but he showed class by bowing out when the writing was clearly displayed on the wall. I hope that Kasich and Carson do the same soon.
However, the positive effect the signing of this bill will have on the unborn and their mothers in Ohio will go far beyond the time Kasich spends as a 2016 presidential candidate, and for that I am grateful. Ice queen Cecile Richards is clearly not happy, of course.
Planned Parenthood immediately fired back to the news, as the organization's president Cecile Richards claimed the bill will "have devastating consequences for women across Ohio."
"It's clear Kasich has no regard for women's health or lives, and will stop at nothing to block health care for the tens of thousands of Ohioans who rely on Planned Parenthood," she said in a statement.
During town halls across the nation these past few months, Kasich has been clear about his feelings towards government funding of Planned Parenthood. Today, he signed a bill stripping that funding. Although a spokesperson in his office said he would sign the bill after South Carolina, I saw some, including Ohio citizens, question whether he would actually go through with it. Now he has.
While I don't think signing the bill to defund will save his campaign in any way, shape, or form, it was the right thing to do. And now that he's done it, he should drop out of the race and focus on his state, while there's only a few moments left to have a shred of class while doing so.