Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed Fitzgerald, who will be running against Governor John Kasich in the 2014 election, has already been making some headlines. For the most part Fitzgerald has focused on critiquing JobsOhio. However, it’s important to know that Fitzgerald has voiced his opinion on important social matters as well.
Thanks to the 2014-2015 budget is now harder to get an abortion in Ohio. Physicians must now perform an ultrasound before performing an abortion, and Planned Parenthood was moved to the bottom of the list for funding. It is also harder for abortion clinics to get funding from public hospitals.
Fitzgerald responded to these abortion restrictions, saying, “I think the women’s health provisions are the most egregious and have provoked the most justifiable outrage.”
We would beg to differ. It’s outrageous that abortion has claimed the lives of over 50 million children since Roe v. Wade. It’s outrageous that our society can think it’s okay to kill an pre-born child.
That aside, here are more reasons for opposing the pro-life measures of the budget from one of the newer Fitzgerald campaign websites:
Harms Ohio Women
Defunds Planned Parenthood. Takes critical funds away from an important community healthcare provider which deprives thousands of Ohio women of critical healthcare services.
Requires women seeking an abortion to undergo a mandatory, medically unnecessary ultrasound, and imposes criminal penalties on doctors who don’t comply.
Requires women to pay for these medically unnecessary ultrasounds, making no exceptions for victims of rape or incest.
Imposes a so-called ‘gag rule’ against rape crisis centers discussing any options other than carrying a pregnancy to term.
Redefines pregnancy in the same manner Mississippi did before passing its so-called personhood amendment, which outlawed all abortions before being defeated via referendum.
Fitzgerald is also looking into several different options to repeal these restrictions on abortion, including taking the issue to voters in the 2014 elections.
We hope that voters will choose life in the 2014 election.