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.

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Wayside Furniture

Metro RTA


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


Anti-abortion groups in Ohio disagree on Medicaid expansion decision
Two Ohio Right to Life groups have signed onto the lawsuit challenging the request to fund Medicaid expansion through the Controlling Board
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF KAREN KASLER


Reporter
Karen Kasler
 
Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life, supports Gov. Kasich's decision to expand Medicaid through the Controlling Board.
Courtesy of Ohio Right to Life
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

The fight over Medicaid expansion has shown a deep split among Republicans who support Gov. Kasich on the issue and those who oppose his decision to go ahead with it. And as Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports, that division has extended to a key Republican constituency.

LISTEN: Ohio right to life groups split over Medicaid expansion (short)

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (0:51)


LISTEN: Ohio right to life groups split over Medicaid expansion

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (3:08)


The state’s largest anti-abortion organization, Ohio Right to Life, has been supportive of Gov. John Kasich. And that didn’t change when he made the decision to go to the Controlling Board, and not the Legislature, to expand Medicaid. Mike Gonidakis is the president of Ohio Right to Life. 

“Numerous pro-life governors across the country have expanded Medicaid, and we thank Gov. Kasich for putting women’s health care first, the needs of the disabled above politics.”

But not all anti-abortion groups agree with that stance, and two have signed onto the lawsuit challenging the request to fund Medicaid expansion through the Controlling Board. Paula Westwood is the executive director of Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati, and says it’s part of her group’s opposition to the federal Affordable Care Act. 

Federal role and control
“Medicaid expansion gives states less control of how the funds are used, it gives the federal government more control which doesn’t have vested interest in the states, and it does not make clear that the truly needy are going to receive care.”

Jerry Cirino is the chairman of the board of Cleveland Right to Life. He says he agrees with Westwood’s reasons for opposition, and says it’s not about denying people medical care. 

“There is plenty of opportunity for people who need health care to get it today. I think it’s a red herring that people suggest that we are trying to stop people from getting health care. There’s plenty of health care available today without the need to expand Medicaid.”

This is not the first time these two groups have departed from Ohio Right to Life’s position on an issue. Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati was among those which broke from the statewide group when Ohio Right to Life opposed the so-called Heartbeat Bill, which banned abortion after a fetal heartbeat was detected. Ohio Right to Life said it felt the bill was unconstitutional.

Gay marriage opposition, too
And Cleveland Right to Life was told it could no longer call itself an affiliate of National Right to Life after it adopted a new mission statement this summer opposing same sex marriage. Cirino says it’s no big deal. 

“We agree on the fundamental issues. But on this one, as on the gay marriage issue, we have to take exception. I personally think they’re wrong for supporting the governor’s expansion of Medicaid.”

Ohio Right to Life’s Gonidakis says the nearly 50 right-to-life chapters survived an earlier battle: the so-called Ohio Heartbeat Bill. He expects the movement will get through this conflict as well. 

“That’s OK when we disagree on things, and it’s better than just blindly following one belief system, and it’s good to have robust conversation. So there is no split – we’re unified, disagree on tactics and strategies.”

Gonidakis says the difference of opinion differs from what’s happening in the Legislature, with conservative and Tea Party Republicans expressing deep anger and resentment over Kasich’s Medicaid expansion. He says all the anti-abortion advocates he knows agree on one thing – that Kasich is staunchly supportive of their cause, and will continue to be.

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

Lordstown GM plant plans to install 8,500 solar panels
How much will this solar array cost? How is it being funded, and who is really paying for it? How much real useful electricity will it actually produce in MEh p...

Local Ebola concerns cause officials to pay more attention to West Africa
I have a better idea, let's secure our borders and spend those billions of dollars on our own first.

HUD and Cuyahoga Land Bank extend a housing deal for another year
Need to sale lot, and would like to know how to contact someone to see if they may be interested in the property that sat between two lots. If you can give me...

Akron Beacon Journal details abuse claims against televangelist Angley
In the early 90's I went forth for pray. And the man was anointed by the hand of God. Just a fact I will never forget

Lawmaker questions why a million voters didn't get absentee applications
He's a damn lie! I vote n all elections. I missed 1. Haven't gotten my absentee ballot and their making it hard to get one.

Thirsty Dog Brewery warns it might have to leave Akron
Why is it the city's responsibility to find this guy a location? There are a hundred realestate companies that could help him.

Kent State sends home three after contact with second Ebola-stricken nurse
Why weren't all health workers who were around Duncan quaranteened for 21 days and tested for Ebola? That's a no-brainer. Why was Vinson allowed to travel right...

New book says Willoughby Coal is haunted...and that's good for business
Would love to see a series of books that would just thrill me. I cannot wait to visit some of the locations. And revisit some of the locations I have already vi...

Cleveland Indians to continue with 'dynamic pricing'
pricing is too high for a family as well as people like me who are on a fixed income. Bleacher seats are cheaper but concessions are rediculous.

Kasich talks about faith, drugs and education -- but never FitzGerald
The idea that you can learn more by talking to a 90 year old person than from a history book is just another example of how the GOP hates education and knowledg...

Copyright © 2014 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