Ohio Gov. John Kasich won his first election to public office in 1978. Since that time he has been wildly popular in his home state of Ohio as a state legislator, member of the US Congress and as Governor. Most credit his blue collar “everyman” approach and his conservative credentials with his success.
A key element in Kasich’s conservative reputation has been a self proclaimed Pro Life position on abortion. Over the years he has supported assorted government actions perceived to be pro life. This week however, Kasich disappointed millions of Americans by failing to provide the maximum protection to the most vulnerable among us. Babies.
Despite a lifetime of proclamations that he is pro-Life and is committed to protecting the unborn, Kasich chose to veto a bill that would have outlawed abortion in Ohio after a baby’s heartbeat could be detected. His protestations that the law would surely be challenged and the legal fight might be expensive draw comparisons to the actions of Pontius Pilate 2000 years ago.
History tells us that during the trial of Jesus of Nazareth Pontius Pilate was fully aware that Jesus was not guilty of any crime warranting death, yet ultimately gave in to the political pressures of the day and allowed Jesus’ crucifixion. Pontius Pilate is forever remembered for putting an innocent man to death.
Governor John Kasich may well be remembered in a similar manner. Like Pilate, Kasich knows those in his care are innocent and by his own proclamation for 40 years has said their lives must not be discounted. Yet, like Pilate, Kasich is giving in to the political pressures of the day and allowing the death of innocents.
Signing the “Heartbeat” bill would almost surely have brought legal challenges. But it would just as surely have saved lives and dramatically shifted the abortion debate to one of life. Pontius Pilate missed his opportunity at an historically crucial moment. He’s joined now by John Kasich. Kasich’s abandonment of the most innocent among us will not be soon forgotten.
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