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House Democrats Statement on Cuccinelli’s Dangerous Comparison of Women’s Health to Slavery


From the Virginia House Democratic Caucus:

RICHMOND — The House Democratic Caucus released the following statement today condemning recently-revealed remarks in which Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli compared his efforts to end a woman's right to make her own health care decisions with the abolition of slavery: 

"These radical remarks are a very disappointing new low for Ken Cuccinelli," said Delegate Rosalyn Dance. "Comparing women's health care access to slavery is not only divisive, it's dangerous. Virginians deserve a Governor who is focused on creating jobs, fixing our transportation crisis, and improving our schools, not someone who spends day after day injecting his extreme political ideology into  the lives of Virginians."

"The very fact that Ken Cuccinelli would compare slavery abolition to his efforts to roll back women's health rights once again proves that he's more interested in his own extreme ideological agenda than on the issues that matter most to Virginia families," saidDelegate Jennifer McClellan. "Cuccinelli's remarks were extreme and insensitive, not only to the awful stain that slavery left on our history but also to the Virginia women who just want to exercise their constitutional right to make health care decisions without government interference. He should apologize today."

  • Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe issued the following statement on Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli comparing his effort to ban abortion with the struggle to abolish slavery:

    Ken Cuccinelli’s comments comparing his efforts to make abortion illegal to the historic struggle against slavery in America have rightly offended many Virginians. His comments reflect a career-long focus on an extreme ideological agenda that has nothing to do with Virginians’ top concern: the economy. Politicians who constantly create controversy on divisive social issues harm Virginia’s standing as one of the best states for business.

    As Attorney General, Cuccinelli has created controversy. As Governor, I will focus on creating jobs.

  • Recent Statement Shows Yet Again How Out of Touch He Really Is

    RICHMOND, VA-Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC released the following statement condemning Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli’s comparison of his fight to end safe and legal abortion to the fight to end slavery in America. This comes after Cuccinelli equated his fight against the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit to the civil rights struggle led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and argued that opponents of no co-pay birth control should be willing to “go to jail” to fight the law.

    “Despite his recent attempts to dodge questions about his dangerous agenda for women’s health, Ken Cuccinelli’s record and his statements demonstrates just how out of touch he is with Virginia women,” said Cianti Stewart-Reid, executive director, Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC.

    “While Cuccinelli’s latest ignorant and offensive comments focus on his fight to end safe and legal abortion, his attack on women’s health is much broader — he’s also fighting every day to end access to birth control and family planning, which can prevent unintended pregnancy in the first place. This is part of a much larger and unrelenting attack on women’s access to reproductive health care.

    “As a leading advocate for women’s health care in Virginia, we’re committed to doing everything in our power to keep Ken out of the Governor’s office. We know that the more Virginia voters learn about Ken Cuccinelli’s agenda for their health and economic security, the less likely they are to support him. That’s why we’ll be taking our message to the streets, to the phones and to the doors in the months leading up to November,” said Stewart-Reid.

    Earlier this year, Planned Parenthood advocacy and political organizations launched the “Keep Ken Out” campaign to educate Virginia voters about Ken Cuccinelli’s dangerous record and agenda for women’s health.