Republican legislators stuffed into Ohio’s new two-year budget bill several provisions that would curtail severely a woman’s access to abortion services in the state. A budget bill is hardly the place to litigate such questions. The anti-abortion provisions are part and parcel of a national strategy to make meaningless the right to an abortion affirmed by the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade and upheld in subsequent challenges.

With John Kasich’s signature, the bill will become law by midnight. The governor should call the provisions what they are and strike them out as an unacceptable intrusion of government, placing undue burdens on a woman in health decisions that should be left to a patient and her doctor.

One provision would require outpatient surgical clinics that provide abortions to have transfer agreements with hospitals or be forced to close. Ostensibly, this is to make sure the clinics can access essential emergency care when the need arises. But the bill would bar public hospitals from contracting with or making transfer agreements with abortion clinics. Why deny emergency access if the goal really is to protect mother and child?

Another provision, for informed consent, shows outright disregard for the doctor-patient relationship and the professional judgment of doctors. It requires doctors to test for a fetal heartbeat and give written information to women considering abortion about the statistical probability of carrying the fetus to term. Another measure revives a previous attempt to defund Planned Parenthood and other family-planning organizations in favor of a new “parenting and pregnancy program” and rape crisis centers, programs that cannot possibly offer the range of health services that make Planned Parenthood an indispensable health-care provider for low-income women.

Republicans often cannot abide the idea of government inserting itself between a patient and his or her doctor. They rail at the thought of government deciding what treatments patients can and cannot receive. They insist such intrusiveness is for totalitarian societies. Except, evidently, when they write laws with the intent to eliminate a legal medical procedure for women and to tell doctors what options to offer their pregnant patients.

The governor has signed several laws restricting abortion services in Ohio. This time, he should recognize the proposals go too far and veto them.