By: Marieke van Rijn, Advocacy and Communications Intern
This morning in an interview with Fox & Friends, Ken Cuccinelli said something we may actually agree with: women do not like it when the government comes between them and their doctor when making a medical decision. He’s right! Women truly don’t appreciate having the privacy guaranteed in a doctor-patient relationship violated.
Of course now you may be thinking how could Cuccinelli, a man with a lengthy anti-choice voting record, say this. Has he finally begun to respect women’s bodily autonomy and right to choose? The answer to that, unfortunately, is no. Cuccinelli is just employing the popular tactic used in the far-right to try to scare women into opting out of the Affordable Care Act.
It is appalling that Cuccinelli – who proposed the “personhood” bill which would make obtaining contraceptives and a safe and legal abortion impossible for women – is now try to gain more women voters by using misinformation to scare them out of access to a healthcare plan that they would greatly benefit from.
Cuccinelli claims that women should be scared of the Affordable Care Act and McAuliffe is creating a “false narrative” of his voting record regarding contraceptives and women’s issues. We know this isn’t true. The only “false narrative” being created here is Cuccinelli downplaying his anti-choice voting record, and what women should really be afraid of is further denigration of their rights if Cuccinelli is elected governor.
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