The politics of abortion has a way of crushing the character of most Republicans.
A case in point is Ohio governor John Kasich, who was "ubiquitous" hanging around the GOP presidential convention in Cleveland in July 2016 but never entered the convention hall. Kasich also lobbed veiled insults at Donald Grump and
Trump's campaign has fired back; its chairman this week called Kasich's absence "embarrassing."
To Republican delegates and activists, especially those supporting Trump, it's all a bit baffling.
"He's a good man and a bad host," said Bobby Kalotee, a county GOP official from New York who was chatting with fellow politicos at a downtown hotel lobby. "You do not invite guests to your home and not be at your home."
Gregory Peterson, a New York delegate, called the behavior "childish" and "petulant."
"In politics, winning counts," he said. "After you've lost, that's a test of character. You've got to be a big boy now."
If the party of Donald J. Trump is accusing you of lacking "character," thy middle name is Integrity- but no longer in the case of John Kasich. The governor and 2016 candidate for the GOP presidential nomination always has been a supporter of forced birth and in late December Ohio
became the fourth state to ban abortions performed after a prenatal test shows the fetus has or might have Down syndrome.
Gov. John Kasich signed into law House Bill 214, the 20th abortion restriction passed since he took office in 2011, and 14 other bills Friday morning.
Under the law, doctors who know of a prenatal Down syndrome diagnosis and perform an abortion could be charged with a fourth-degree felony, punishable by up to 18 months in prison.
You probably know what comes next: "There is no punishment for the woman who seeks the abortion."
Of course there is no penalty for the individual who seeks, and pays for, what forced birth activists consider "murder." There will be no penalty because the myth that the anti-choice movement is about the life of the fetus, rather than restricting the right of a woman to reproductive freedom, can endure.
With the action taken by Ohio governor Kasich, the number of states so concerned about an act they designate as murder that they punish the indivdual most responsible stands at.... zero. Armed with few facts, the forced birth movement is armed with even less integrity.