April 19, 2013
The Washington Post reports, "A group opposed to abortion announced Tuesday that it is launching the first radio ad of the Virginia governor's race. Women Speak Out Virginia, a political action committee affiliated with the antiabortion group Susan B. Anthony List, is funding a $50,000 ad buy targeting Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe."
Progressive point: Ken Cuccinelli has made a career out of attacking women's health, opposing abortion even in the case of rape or incest. Now out-of-state extremists are swooping in to mislead Virginians about his record. The bottom line? Cuccinelli's anti-choice crusade is extreme and risky to women's health.
Cuccinelli supports legislation that would criminalize some forms of birth control and even declared that people should "go to jail" to prevent women from having access to affordable contraception. He abused the power of his office to try to shut down women's health centers and has never missed an opportunity to limit women's access to affordable health care. Virginians know that medical decisions should be made by a woman and her doctor, in consultation with her faith leader. No amount of right-wing money can whitewash that record.
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Marjorie Dannenfelser Is President Of SBA List - Supported Virginia's Mandatory Transvaginal Ultrasound Bill. When Chris Matthews questioned Dannenfelser about a bill in Virginia effectively requiring women to undergo transvaginal ultrasounds before obtaining an abortion, Dannenfelser stated, "Really, this is a matter of giving a woman more information that she needs to make a decision that`s fully informed. [...] The reason the majority of women in Virginia and across the country support this is that they believe in that vulnerable spot in a very difficult place, that more information is better. And making -- there are two decisions to make. One decision is a medical decision. One is about the very contentious, very difficult decision about what is actually happening in an abortion. And that ultrasound speaks to that. It`s science. It`s a scientific opinion backing up a medical reality. And a moral -" Dannenfelser was cut off before completing her sentence. [MSNBC, Hardball, 2/22/12]
Cuccinelli has been forthright about the true intent of these TRAP restrictions: to "make abortion disappear in America." [YouTube, 5/7/12]
Politically motivated restrictions ignored the medical advice of Board's own physician experts.
When the Board of Health finally heeded the advice of medical professionals and voted to grandfather existing facilities, Cuccinelli bullied the Board into rescinding their decision.
Health Commissioner Karen Remley subsequently resigned her position over Cuccinelli's political meddling in the regulatory process.
The politicized regulatory process has ignored guidelines issued by Governor McDonnell in a 2010 executive order.
Cuccinelli's career-long crusade to limit women's access to health services, including his meddling in this regulatory process, has earned him campaign checks and endorsements from an array of right-wing extremists.
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