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July 20, 2013
Cuccinelli Attempts to Rewrite Extreme Record on Women’s Health
Denies his own “personhood” legislation to ban abortion in all cases, most forms of birth control
Today at Virginia's first gubernatorial debate of 2013, Democratic candidate Terry McAuliife asked GOP opponent Ken Cuccinelli to explain his extreme record on women's health, including co-sponsoring a 2007 "personhood" bill to lay the legal groundwork for banning abortion in all cases and outlawing common forms of birth control. In response, Cuccinelli attempted to rewrite history and deny his own legislation to do just that: "Well I certainty didn't do that several years ago."
Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, condemned Cuccinelli’s attempt to distort his extreme anti-choice record:
"Cuccinelli’s ‘personhood’ bill was a blatant attempt to lay the legal groundwork to overturn Roe v. Wade and ban abortion in all cases, including rape, incest, and danger to the life of the woman. In addition, Cuccinelli's 2007 legislation could have banned several common and FDA-approved forms of birth control and some infertility treatments like in vitro fertilization.
Virginians know that - despite his claims - Ken Cuccinelli is the same man who explicitly admitted that his goal is to ‘end abortion in America’, and the same man who has spent virtually his entire term as Attorney General attempting to block access to reproductive health care and keep thousands of Virginian women from receiving the medical services they need.
Try as he might, the women of Virginia will absolutely not allow Cuccinelli to whitewash his extreme record on women’s health. These are the facts, and they speak for themselves.”
A 2011 Quinnipiac Poll found that a majority of Virginians opposed this type of "Personhood” bill (58 – 32). In addition, a 2012 Washington Post Poll found that a majority of Virginians think abortion should be legal in all or most cases.
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