FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 28, 2013
Contact: Mallory Quigley, 202-223-8073
Advancing Pro-Abortion Agenda Out of Step with Virginia Women
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) slammed NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia and Planned Parenthood, two groups backing Terry McAuliffe and supporting abortion on-demand for any reason, up until the moment of birth. This extreme agenda puts these groups and Terry McAuliffe well outside the mainstream of Virginians. Among other things, Planned Parenthood’s political arm—working directly with the McAuliffe campaign—has retweeted attacks on Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and has called the loving father of five girls (and two boys) and a devoted husband a “misogynist.”
“Groups like NARAL and Planned Parenthood—whose support Terry McAuliffe wholeheartedly embraces—support extreme policies that fall well outside the mainstream in Virginia and the country,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “So committed have these groups become to abortion at any stage for any reason that they refuse to support even the limits that overwhelming majorities embrace, such as bans on sex-selection abortion and late-term abortions past the point at which unborn children are known to feel pain. Never mind that national polling shows these regulations are supported by an astounding 77 and 63 percent of Americans, respectively — with support even higher among women.
“Who’s the radical here? Like the vast majority of Virginians, we want abortion to be reduced, become rare, and ultimately become a thing of the past. Last year a handful of radical politicians, spurred by the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, abandoned the Democrats’ 15-year commitment to making abortion rare. They want to expand it, protect it up to the moment of childbirth, allow it for sex selection, and send the bill for it to taxpayers, business men and women, and even churches. That Planned Parenthood, which profits from a record number of abortions each year, would want this is clear enough. It’s not at all clear why Terry McAuliffe, who has authorized Planned Parenthood’s baseless smears on Ken Cuccinelli, would associate himself with such a radical and greed-driven agenda.
“Ken Cuccinelli’s leadership in defending women against violence on campus and in fighting human trafficking in Virginia, on the other hand, is a mainstream agenda that all women in Virginia can support. Ken has fought repeatedly against the exploitation of the most vulnerable, including the unborn, and women can be confident he will do the same as governor.”
The Susan B. Anthony List, and its affiliated Political Action Committees, the SBA List Candidate Fund and Women Speak Out PAC, are dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, the SBA List emphasizes the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women. The SBA List is a network of more than 365,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.