At their convention last Saturday, Republicans finalized their 2009 statewide ticket with the nominations of Robert McDonnell for Governor, Bill Bolling for Lt. Governor, and Ken Cuccinelli for Attorney General.
This is one of the most extreme and divisive trio of candidates we’ve seen in a while. All three have made a career out of attacking women’s reproductive rights–without a doubt, their elections would result in reduced access to reproductive healthcare services for Virginia’s women. Let’s take a look at their records:
Robert McDonnell, Candidate for Governor
Robert McDonnell opposes legal abortion even in cases of rape and incest. In 2004, he voted against the addition of language recommended by the Governor to ensure that the bill in question would not “limit a woman’s rights as recognized by the Supreme Court of the United States in Roe v. Wade.”
Bill Bolling, Candidate for Lieutenant Governor
In 2007, Lt. Governor Bill Bolling cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of prohibiting state expenditures to Planned Parenthood, whose facilities provide a wide range of health-care services, including cervical-cancer screening, STI testing, and contraceptive services. In addition, while in the State Senate, Bolling twice voted against a bill to protect women’s timely access to contraception.
Ken Cuccinelli, Candidate for Attorney General
State Senator Ken Cuccinelli is one of the most ardent anti-choice legislators in the General Assembly. He routinely supports legislation designed to limit access to abortion services; even worse, he refuses to support commonsense legislation that would prevent unintended pregnancy and reduce the need for abortion. In 2007, he co-sponsored HB2797, which not only threatened access to abortion but some forms of contraception as well.
60% of Virginians believe that the decision to terminate a pregnancy is a personal, private one that should be made free from government interference. But the tone-deaf RPV has nominated three men who, if elected, will no doubt use the power of the Commonwealth’s three highest offices to enact their out-of-touch anti-choice agenda.
NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia will be working around the clock to educate Virginians about the McDonnell-Bolling-Cuccinelli record on reproductive rights. Want to find out how you can help? Contact Emily to learn more!