Guide highlights candidates' opposition to women's reproductive health and access
ProgressVA today released their 2013 GOP Convention Guide, Limited Women's Health Edition. The guide details the records of candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General on women's reproductive rights and access to health care. As the guide demonstrates, no matter who is nominated , they will form a ticket with a long history of attempts to ban abortion and limit women's access to reproductive care.
The guide also highlights Attorney General Cuccinelli's record with tongue-in-cheek “advertisements”, including a PSA for gift disclosure and a prison care package for those who heed Cuccinelli's call to “go to jail” to fight back against affordable birth control. The guide logo features an elephant standing between a woman and her doctor and the motto “Sic Semper Mulieres”, which translates roughly to “Thus Always To Women.”
“While the guide is humorous, there's nothing funny about a right-wing agenda intent on limiting women's access to reproductive health care, from birth control to abortion,” said ProgressVA Executive Director Anna Scholl. “Virginians have been adamant: we oppose extreme attempts by politicians to interfere in decisions that should be between a woman, her physician, and her faith leader. Until they stop the attacks, we'll keep exposing their records.”
Some of the extreme policies supported by Cuccinelli and a range of Lt. Governor and Attorney General candidates include:
- “Personhood” legislation that would criminalize some forms of birth control
- TRAP restrictions that impose medically unnecessary building requirements on women's health centers in an attempt to ban abortion by shutting down clinics
- Invasive, transvaginal ultrasounds before a woman can obtain an abortion
- Funding cuts to Planned Parenthood's cancer screenings and preventative health care services
The 2013 GOP Convention Guide, Limited Women's Health Edition is available on ProgressVA's website.