Presidential hopeful and governor of Ohio John Kasich has been fairly vocal about his disapproval of Planned Parenthood in the wake of videos exposing their organ harvesting business. In July, a spokesperson for Gov. Kasich said in press release that he supports investigating the abortion company’s practices in Ohio.
The statement read, “The governor is a strong, consistent and committed believer in the sanctity of human life and finds this news and practice abhorrent. This is illegal under both Ohio and federal laws and anyone who violates those laws should be prosecuted to the fullest extent possible, and credible evidence of a possible violation should be fully investigated.”
Now Gov. Kasich has shared more about how he believes Congress should handle the Planned Parenthood scandal. In an interview with Newsmax TV he said, “I’m for getting rid of all this Planned Parenthood funding and to be able to shift it to other kinds of family planning institutions. But if you shut the government down, the president is not going to give on this. Shut the government down and then open it up without achieving anything — there may be some people that think that’s great. I do not and neither do the vast majority, I believe, of American voters and Americans themselves…”
Although Gov. Kasich is 100% pro-life and believes we should “fight like crazy to defund Planned Parenthood,” he doesn’t think shutting down the government is a strategy pro-life lawmakers should embrace. He said, “People don’t want to read about all this government fighting. They got their own problems out there and now the government can’t get along and it’s shut down. What’s going to happen to the credit rating of the United States? I don’t think this is the right time.”
As LifeNews previously reported, there has been debate among pro-life Republicans regarding the best way to de-fund Planned Parenthood’s abortion business and some have agreed to shut down the government in order to get their mission accomplished. However, some prominent pro-life Republicans in Congress have explained that doing this might not have any impact on the majority of Planned Parenthood’s funding since a lot of it comes from programs like Medicaid and Obamacare.
In the Newsmax interview, Gov. Kasich also promised that if he were elected president he would halt all federal funding to Planned Parenthood. He concluded, “I do not support that organization’s funding from the government. I don’t believe in it.”
In July, Gov. Kasich officially announced his campaign for president of the United States, joining a long list of Republican candidates including Jeb Bush, Bobby Jindal, Dr. Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. Newsmax reports that the latest poll from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal shows that Gov. Kasich is in fifth place.