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Cuccinelli: Fight for Personhood Legislation Will ‘Last for all of our Lives’

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From the Democratic Party of Virginia:  

Cuccinelli: Fight for Personhood Legislation Will ‘Last for all of our Lives’ 

Richmond, VA – As Ken Cuccinelli prepares to accept the nomination for Governor at the Republican Convention on Saturday, he is attempting to convince Virginians that he is no longer the extreme ideologue he’s been his entire career.

That effort is complicated by his extensive record of sponsoring and promoting legislation that would strip Virginia women of the right to make their own health care decisions, and his own rhetoric in support of that agenda.

In 2007 Cuccinelli co-patroned “personhood” legislation that would have outlawed abortion in Virginia as well as many common forms of birth control including the pill. In 2012 Cuccinelli spoke in support of a similar proposal, saying:

“It's hard to believe we actually have to come and advocate for something as basic as life, but we've had to do it for decades and we're going to have to do it for the rest of our lives. The fight for life is going to last for all of our lives.’” [National Journal, 2/16/12]

Cuccinelli’s pledge to fight to limit women’s health care access for the rest of his life belies his newfound attempts to convince Virginians he’s focused on the economy rather than his own extreme agenda.

“Ken Cuccinelli’s empty campaign rhetoric doesn’t hide his lifelong effort to inject his extreme agenda into decisions that Virginia women make with their doctors,” said DPVA Executive Director Lauren Harmon. “Virginians need a Governor who pledges to fight for the jobs, schools and roads we need, not for a dangerous and extreme anti-birth control agenda.”