News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

NOCHE

Northeast Ohio Medical University


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Government and Politics


Cuyahoga County executive says the state budget was cloak and dagger
Gubernatorial candidate says if Republicans thought Ohioans support severe restrictions on abortions, they would have passed the measures openly
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


Reporter
Jo Ingles
 
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald says he will fight against budget amendments on women's issues.
Courtesy of Jo Ingles
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

The Cuyahoga County executive who would like to be Ohio’s next governor is taking the Republican governor and legislative leaders over the newly passed state budget. And the fight against the new budget is being pursued in different ways.

LISTEN: INGLES ON FITZGERALD

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (3:27)


(Click image for larger view.)

Democrat Ed FitzGerald says Gov. Kasich and Republican lawmakers were trying to pull a fast one on Ohio voters when they passed several provisions in the state budget that dealt with abortion and birth control.

"If Gov. Kasich and his Republican allies really believed that these extreme measures when it came to women’s health were something the state agreed on and they believed in their position, they wouldn’t have done it in the dead of night and inserted it in the budget in the 11th hour," FitzGerald says.

Speaking for women
FitzGerald says the budget measures that put restrictions on abortion clinics and doctors and reprioritize funding for family planning will be a political problem for Kasich.

"Do I think it’s good for Governor Kasich politically to insert himself between a woman and her doctor?  No," FitzGerald says. "Do I think it’s going to hurt him politically? Yea, I do. "

FitzGerald says he thinks a legal fight is in the works for some of these provisions because they violate freedom of speech issues. He says he has been part of a group looking at starting a voter initiative, much like the one used a few years ago to bring about a statewide smoking ban. He syays that could force the legislature to come back and get rid of the provisions affecting women. That is something he thinks could happen.

"I have a feeling when they hear, not just from myself, but an entire coalition that will represent the vast majority of women in Ohio and some men as well, I think there are some politicians in the legislature [who will] rethink this," FitzGerald says. "It’s much easier to vote for something when you don’t have debate and discussion... than when you actually have to defend your vote to your constituents.  That never really happened in this process."

FitzGerald says democrats and their supporters could collect signatures to put the issues on the ballot in the fall of 2014.

Some say he's not
Protesters gather outside the Democratic Party Headquarters to support the budget.Republican State Rep. Dorothy Pelanda and her colleague Nan Baker gather across the street from the Democratic Party Headquarters with a group of women who support the budget. Baker says the women’s issues in the budget were properly vetted. And she says belated criticism by Democrats of funding for rape crisis centers is especially unwarranted.

"It’s a great bill, unanimously supported," Baker says. "How can we now be hypocritical and say now that, 'Oops. I didn’t know what I voted for?' That just doesn’t make sense to me."

Democrats say they back the bill that gave funding to rape crisis centers but were led to believe language prohibiting counselors from talking about abortion would be removed. It wasn’t.

But Baker doesn’t think the Democrats are interpreting the legislation correctly anyway.

The fight over the women’s issues in this budget continues even as the whole Legislature has adjourned for the summer. But the fight is just heating up.

Democrats have set up a new website and they are hoping to use it to mobilize efforts to fight in court, and in the court of public opinion, between now and Election Day next year.

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

The Surpreme Court gay-marriage decision plays out in Ohio Amish country
Keep in mind that the majority of the people residing in Holmes County are Amish, a church people who do not vote because they do not believe in governmental ru...

Akron council committee recommends Forney for its opening
Which committee member voted for Wilhite?

Canton Youth Symphony is named orchestra of the year
This is what makes CSO the hippest small town orchestra in America!

What can be expected if Ohio's tobacco taxes increase?
let's face it! The increase has little to do with smoking cessation

Rare Cleveland Indians photo from 1911 hits the auction block
Paddy Livingston, who cut his teeth on a Louisville Slugger in Kent, Ohio was one of the immortals that played in that game. He was the catcher. Ty Cobb actuall...

Nexus denies Green's request to relocate its planned gas pipeline
These people have so much power. Too much. They could care less about the people they leave when it is done. Spectra does not, and admits, they do not do the...

The former Hugo Boss plant is about to start making suits again in NE Ohio
Hugoo Boss should not even be allowed to make or sell suits in the USA ..... During WWII, they were a nazi company. They made the uniforms for the S.S.

Ohio voters remain split over gay marriage
It's all good. The bigots will get used to it, just like interracial marriage. Or they die off-either way, all is well :-)

Ohio Senate budget reduces low income housing funds
Bill is correct. Lake County receives funding to assist in the operations of permanent housing for over 90 households annually - persons who are living with a s...

Cleveland's mustard war rages on
Stadium Mustard is stolen from Bertman's and it is made in Chicago. Real thieves and creeps. Bertman's or death.

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University