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If you paid any attention to media coverage of the Virginia Governor’s race, you know the singular talking point was ‘both of these guys are horrible.’

But Republican Ken Cuccinelli is a NIGHTMARE on reproductive rights. As Attorney General:

– He tried to outlaw abortion (with no rape exception) AND several forms of contraception, and force women to undergo vaginal probes before being allowed to get a legal abortion.

– He opposed the Violence Against Women Act.

– He masterminded the effort to pass purposeless construction regulations that would force the closure of all 20 abortion providers in the state.

– He tried to defund Planned Parenthood, supported state funding of abstinence-only sex education, supported 2 “personhood” bills that would grant full civic rights to the unborn, and supported a bill that would require doctors to save tissue from the fetus of a mother under 15 for forensic investigation.

– He funded “Choose Life” license plates, whose profits fund Crisis Pregnancy Centers where women are lured with the promise of reproductive health services and then misinformed, shamed, and guilted about wanting contraception or abortion.

And yesterday, he lost.

He lost to Terry McAuliffe, who has a long track record of unwavering support for reproductive rights, and was endorsed by Human Rights Campaign, Planned Parenthood, and NARAL Pro Choice America.

So screw the media narrative. I’m ELATED.

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How do you outlaw abortion without outlawing abortion?

Easy. In Virginia, first Governor Bob McDonnell signs a law that says abortion clinics will be subject to the same regulations as hospitals. (Not outpatient clinics that do things like plastic surgery or oral surgery, mind you, just abortion clinics.)

Then you pass a bunch of regulations for new hospital
construction (like minimum hallway widths and specific ventilation systems),
and remove the clause that exempts existing hospitals.

Voila! All 20 abortion providers in Virginia will have to
make costly renovations, endangering their ability to continue operating.

The Virginia Board of Health didn’t want to do it. When they
passed the regulations in June, they grandfathered in the existing clinics. But
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli threatened the Board with legal and financial
consequences if they failed to remove the exemption, and for good measure,
Governor McDonnell appointed a new Board member – Dr. John Seeds, vice chairman
of the anti-abortion group OBGYNS for Life. Lo and behold, they got what they
wanted.

Google ‘Virginia’ ‘Cuccinelli’ ‘abortion’ to learn more.