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Top Cuccinelli Backer Compares Women’s Health Rights to “Returning Slaves to their Owners”

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From the Democratic Party of Virginia:
  
Richmond, VA – Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is getting big support from anti-women's health group The Susan B. Anthony List and its President Marjorie Danenfelser.
 
The group has pledged $1.5 million to Cuccinelli's gubernatorial campaign and touts him as one of the greatest hopes for their agenda of eliminating a woman's right to make her own health care choices, even in cases of rape, incest and a threat to the woman's health.
 
The enormous benefit Cuccinelli is reaping from running on an agenda so closely aligned with the Susan B. Anthony List's raises the question of whether he agrees with the statements below, made by Dannenfelser during a panel at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where Cuccinelli was a speaker as well. Speaking of the movement to eliminate women's health care rights Dannenfelser said:
 
"We have all the ingredients of the child labor movement success, the suffrage success, the abolitionist success. We have all the elements. There's one thing that could be missing, and it has been, and that's a champion. We must have a champion on the national level that communicates this. I think we're actually watching that happen.
 
"But at the point . there's a point when you become culpable in the killing of other people, because of what the government is making you do. And that is one of those tipping point moments-tipping point moments. It happened in slavery when slaves had to be returned to their masters. When we-when our hands are bloodied by this, it becomes a whole 'nother thing."
 

Democratic Party of Virginia Executive Director Lauren Harmon responded to these remarks saying, "Ken Cuccinelli should condemn his backer's ridiculous and offensive comparison of a woman's constitutional right to make her own health care choices with the atrocious institution of slavery. Virginians need to know that, despite his close ties to this radical organization, Cuccinelli rejects this awful rhetoric. He should condemn it today."
 
Several minutes after making her outrageous comments, Dannenfelser reiterated her strong support for Cuccinelli's campaign, saying, "I've heard people talking about the governor's race in Virginia and we feel that's the first step and a template for what we do in midterm elections. We need to get it right, we need to show not only how well a candidate can do in articulating the issue, but also how advantageous it will be in the outcome in making sure that those votes don't leave the table."