As the two-time ‘winner’ of the Virginia Family Foundation’s Legislator of the Year award, and as the recipient of more $81,000 from anti-family and anti-birth control crusader Pat Robertson, Virginia gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell wears his anti-choice agenda on his sleeve.
Yet Bob McDonnell is trying to mask himself as a moderate and shed his image as an anti-choice zealot. However, in McDonnell’s 17 years in elected office, he has patroned and co-patroned at least 30 anti-choice, anti-woman bills. And he’s been insistent in his belief that abortion should not be legal, even in cases of rape and incest.
Because of Bob McDonnell, women and families in Virginia have lost their right to privacy with regards to reproductive choice, and reproductive healthcare. Every time we try to move forward to protect women’s health, Bob McDonnell has been there to push us backwards, thwarting efforts to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and make common-sense prevention available.
In 2003, McDonnell co-patroned a conscience clause that would have allowed pharmacists to refuse to fill birth control prescriptions, and medical providers to refuse to provide emergency contraception. McDonnell is an ideologue, and hasn’t been afraid to show it, putting politics ahead of medical care for women time and time again!
But, as choice activists, we have an opportunity to impact this election and protect reproductive healthcare for all Virginians. NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia PAC has endorsed 100% pro-choice candidate Senator Creigh Deeds. We have worked with Senator Deeds over the past five years and know him to be a thoughtful, consistent, and dedicated pro-choice advocate.
Virginians deserve a governor who isn’t afraid to stand up for what’s right– comprehensive reproductive healthcare– and Creigh Deeds is that person!