John Kasich on Families & Children
Republican Governor; previously Representative (OH-12); 2000 & 2016 candidate for President
Kasich has used his tenure as governor to relentlessly attack women's health on multiple fronts. Kasich's aides drafted restrictive anti-abortion language in Ohio's 2013 budget, requiring licensing regulations for clinics. This led to the closure of half of the state's outpatient abortion clinics. The bill also contained provisions mandating ultrasounds for abortions, blocking funding for rape crisis centers that provide information about abortion, and "re-prioritizing" family planning funds away from Planned Parenthood to crisis pregnancy centers, which routinely lie to patients.
KASICH: Well, we have to have a war against that. There has got to be a place for young women to be able to go where they can do things in confidentiality, where there can be a rape kit that can last because sometimes women, after a month or two, want to move forward with prosecution. These laws are going to fundamentally be at the state level. But it doesn't mean that a president can't use a bully pulpit on some of these really significant moral issues. And I will do it. [In Ohio], we took on the issue of human trafficking. We have changed the laws around human trafficking where actually the woman who has been called a criminal has now been determined to be a victim. And now we're putting the pimps in jail and making sure the women can be rehabilitated in our state. It's a wonderful thing.
"The reason why that's important is," Kasich went on, "when women take maternity leave or time to be with the children, then what happens is they fall behind on the experience level, which means that the pay becomes a differential."
Only a third of American women work for companies that offer paid maternity leave and 40% of American workers aren't even permitted to take unpaid leave, which means that Kasich can't really blame the "differential" in pay on new moms.
Just about all of the research out there finds that mothers and children (and dads!) thrive when parents have time to bond with babies. But the exhaustive data is probably beside the point for Kasich.
"The one thing we need to do for working women is to give them the flexibility to be able to work at home online," Kasich said. "When women take maternity leave or time to be with the children, then what happens is they fall behind on the experience level, which means that the pay becomes a differential. And we need to accommodate women who want to be at home, having a healthy baby and in fact being involved, however many years they want to take care of the family."
Virtually every other developed nation offers paid leave, often for several months. In the U.S., workers at companies that employ at least 50 are entitled only to unpaid leave--although about a third of corporations voluntarily offer several weeks of paid time off.
You know, I've had a lot of elections. But my elections are really not about campaigns. I tell my people that these are about a movement. And a movement to do what? To restore common sense. A movement to do things like provide economic growth. And a movement not to let anybody be behind.
You know, today the country is divided. We've got to unite our country again, because we're stronger when we are united and we are weaker when we are divided.
And we've got to listen to other people's voices, respect them. Because of how we respect human rights, because that we are a good force in the world, the Lord wants America to be strong. He wants America to succeed. And he wants America to lead. And nothing is more important to me than my family, my faith, and my friends.
HB59 has a bunch of severe anti-abortion riders on it, including a mandatory ultrasound. The defunding of contraception services in the state may manage to do even more damage to women's health than the abortion restrictions.
Family planning centers will now basically not be able to get any funding at all for contraception services, even if they don't provide abortion. Merely making abortion referrals, which all medically respectable clinics do, is enough to make your clinic last priority for funding. And it's not just contraception providers that are hurt by acknowledging that abortion exists. If a rape crisis center counsels a woman who asks about abortion, they will also be defunded.
We should live like we're being monitored, because we are. We ARE being watched. We ARE setting an example. We ARE being judged.
And so I cringe instead, at the general coarsening of America's ethical standards, and when I'm done cringing I get to wondering if I've become so out of touch with the mores and manners of our popular culture that my own standards come across as old-fashioned.
I bought a new hip-hop CD, "Roots". I'm not a moralizer, and I like to think I have an open mind, but I've got to tell you I couldn't open it wide enough to accept such as this, and as I listened to the CD I kept coming back to the language. I won't repeat any of it here. There was no justifying it, really. I threw the CD in the trash.
[As part of the Contract with America, within 100 days we pledge to bring to the House Floor the following bill]:
The Families Reinforcement Act:
Child support enforcement, tax incentives for adoption, strengthening rights of parents in their children’s education, stronger child pornography laws, and an elderly dependent care tax credit to reinforce the central role of families in American society.
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