In the wake of the horrifying revelations about Planned Parenthood, the nation’s governors are moving to defund or severely restrict funding to the nation’s top abortion provider.

Ohio governor and 2016 presidential hopeful John Kasich joins ten governors, including Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, Texas’s Greg Abbott, and Kansas’s Sam Brownback, in taking a stand against our tax dollars going to fund abortions and the other questionable practices revealed last year.

The Alliance Defending Freedom announced this morning that Kasich signed into law an Ohio bill that severely restricts taxpayer monies going to “abortion businesses such as Planned Parenthood.”

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Casey Mattox regarding HB 294, an Ohio measure signed into law Sunday by Gov. John Kasich that significantly restricts public funding for abortion businesses such as Planned Parenthood, making Ohio the 10th state to take action in recent months to strip taxpayer dollars from the abortion giant:

“Not one more penny should go to Planned Parenthood, a scandal-plagued abortion business that does not provide comprehensive health care services for women. Ohio’s new law terminates funding for Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses, freeing up money for more widely available and more comprehensive low-cost healthcare options for women and families in the state. Taxpayer dollars should not go to organizations with a long track record of abusive and potentially fraudulent billing practices, that have been caught in authenticated undercover videos negotiating prices for baby body parts, and that have repeatedly failed to report the sexual abuse of girls. Ohio is right to end its relationship with organizations undeserving of taxpayer money and unworthy of the taxpayers’ trust.” (#DefundPP)

Kudos to John Kasich for defending life . . . though I’m sure Cosmo will soon bemoan the increased birth rate in Ohio, too.

Lest anyone misconstrue this move as solely tied to his presidential campaign, it should be noted that Kasich has long been a staunch supporter of life and has stood resolutely against abortion and baby parts mills like Planned Parenthood.  He has not grand-standed the move; he has not (as yet) released a statement or comment about the new law.

Cleveland.com reports:

The bill, sponsored by Democratic Rep. Bill Patmon of Cleveland and Republican Rep. Margaret Conditt of Butler County, forbids the state from contracting for health services with any entity that performs or promotes non-therapeutic abortions.

That Kasich signed the bill is no surprise. As Ohio has wrestled with regulating abortion over time, Kasich has voiced his anti-abortion stance. He has publicly supported the idea of defunding Planned Parenthood in Ohio while campaigning for the Republican nomination for president.

His office announced the action without further comment.

Unsurprisingly, Planned Parenthood is not happy to have yet another state’s hard-earned taxpayer dollars removed from its coffers.

Kasich’s action drew harsh criticism from Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of American and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

“This legislation will have devastating consequences for women across Ohio. John Kasich is proudly eliminating care for expectant mothers and newborns; leaving thousands without vital STD and HIV testing, slashing a program to fight domestic violence, and cutting access to essential, basic health care,” Richards said in a statement.

It’s interesting that an organization that receives the bulk of its revenue from abortions (86%!) still pretends that it is anything other than the country’s largest abortion (and baby brain) provider and that there is no other means for women to receive STD and HIV testing nor any other programs—state or local—that fight domestic violence.

The “Planned Parenthood does great things” meme is demonstrably false; indeed, they had to admit in Congressional testimony that they do not provide mammograms as has been widely believed and is still touted by the dishonest and/or ill-informed.  Frankly, even if they did provide them, that would not redeem them for their abortion practices . . . at least not for most Republicans.