Says “We’re going to leave this up to the states to work this out the way they want to”
Less than one week after GOP Front-runner Donald Trump supported punishing women who have an abortion
Last week, Donald Trump shocked voters at a Town Hall in Wisconsin when he responded to a line of questioning from MSNBC host Chris Matthews regarding reproductive rights by advocating his belief that “there has to be some form of punishment” for women who get abortions.
While he declined at the time to specify what exactly the appropriate sentencing would be, and then later revised his position multiple times throughout the week, the comments alone nonetheless set off a hailstorm of criticism from the left and, perhaps most tellingly, from the right, unique even for the tumultuous Trump campaign.
Despite the ongoing fight from rightwing conservatives against reproductive rights, the idea of criminalizing women is an extreme position that is overwhelmingly avoided. Anti-abortion movement activists will frequently talk about the protection of life, but will short of advocating punishing a mother for this decision.
Pro-life Susan B. Anthony List: "We have never advocated, in any context, for the punishment of women who undergo abortion."
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) March 30, 2016
As Trump backtracked and struggled with damage control, this sandwiched between a week where his campaign manager was charged with assault and he suggested he wouldn’t “rule out” using nuclear weapons in Europe, John Kasich, everybody’s favorite “moderate” candidate, was busy quietly espousing his own inflammatory views on the subject.
Speaking to George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week, Kasich told the world that while he doesn’t think women should be punished for having an abortion, in a Kasich administration ultimately “we’re going to leave this up to the states to work this out the way they want to.”
When Stephanopoulos insisted upon him to provide more details, Kasich refused to answer saying, “Today, I’m not. I’ve just told you how I feel about it.”
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) April 3, 2016
It should not come as any magnificent surprise to hear him espousing these deliberately ambiguous viewpoints, as he spearheaded legislation in 2013 approving various restrictions on abortion, including much tighter regulations on clinics offering the procedure.
Then, of course, there was his de-funding of Planned Parenthood less than two months ago.
John Kasich the moderate? Think again.