Kasich Says He Wouldn't Sign Bill With No Abortion Exceptions, But He Did Sign A Law With Only One

Feb 5, 2017

Gov. John Kasich made a somewhat surprising statement this week about a pair of abortion related bills from last year’s lame duck session – one he signed and one he vetoed.

When asked by a reporter about his vetoes, Kasich had this comment about striking from a child abuse measure the 6 week abortion ban called the “heartbeat bill”. “First of all, it’s not constitutional and secondly, I’m not signing anything that doesn’t have an exception for rape, incest or the life of the mother,” Kasich said.

But Kasich did sign a 20 week abortion ban with an exception for the life of the woman, but not for rape or incest. His office noted that, but did not have a comment on why he said he would not sign anything without the other exceptions but actually did. NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio calls Kasich’s statement – quoting here – “a flat out lie”.