Virginia Nurse Practitioner Condemns Cuccinelli-Obenshain ‘Investigate Miscarriages’ Agenda

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    From the Democratic Party of Virginia:

    Richmond, VA – Today Maryellen Remich, a retired nurse practitioner who has treated women of all ages, and Lauren Harmon, Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Virginia, condemned Ken Cuccinelli and Mark Obenshain's record of introducing legislation that could result in police investigations of Virginia women who suffer miscarriages. 

    Remich, who spent 30 years as a nurse practitioner and who currently is on the Board of Directors of the Chesapeake Care Free Clinic, said the following about the GOP ticket's dangerous agenda against women: 

    “During all the years I have practiced medicine, at no point have I ever met a health care professional who viewed banning birth control or threatening to turn women who suffer miscarriages into criminals as necessary or remotely helpful to keeping people healthy. This agenda is dangerous, it’s unnecessary and it would absolutely threaten the ability of doctors and nurses in every part of Virginia to do their jobs well. 

    “All Virginians want to make abortion unnecessary by having every child be a wanted child to parents who care for it. I strongly believe that easy and confidential access to all aspects of health care is the best way to achieve this end. It would be good for the women, family, and future generations. This is a ticket that, at its core, doesn't trust women. Cuccinelli and Obenshain are pursuing legislation that would restrict women's health care decisions and could even make women the target of police scrutiny after they suffer a miscarriage.”

    Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Virginia Lauren Harmon commented,  “I do not have to explain to anyone how outrageous and offensive it was, no matter what he said his reasons were, for Mark Obenshain to try and force a woman dealing with the anguish of a miscarriage to report to the police or face criminal penalties. Those are not the actions of someone who trusts women or puts their best interests first. Those are the actions of a radical politician who views women’s health as just another political issue, and who thinks his extreme moral agenda should come before women’s own decision making.” 

    Harmon then discussed the effects that legislation Cuccinelli co-patroned declaring “personhood” at the moment of fertilization could have on women who suffer miscarriages. She stated, “That legislation would have a variety of consequences for Virginia women including outlawing abortion in all cases and banning common forms of birth control like the pill. There also could be an impact on women suffering miscarriages. Its possible women would be subject to law enforcement investigations because of a miscarriage if Cuccinelli's 'personhood' legislation became law.” 

    • From Planned Parenthood of Virginia:

      Mark Obenshain: An Extreme and Dangerous Record on Women’s Health

      RICHMOND, VA-Virginia attorney general candidate Mark Obenshain has an extreme record on women’s health. The State Senator has supported so-called “personhood” legislation, voted to cut state funding to Planned Parenthood health centers in Virginia, and introduced a bill that would have criminalized a woman for not reporting her miscarriages that weren’t immediately reported to the police. This is yet another example of just how out-of-touch this ticket is when it comes to women’s health. He joins Cuccinelli and Jackson on this dangerous, anti-women’s health ticket.

      “Virginia’s extreme Republican ticket is rounded out by Mark Obenshain’s dangerous record on women’s health,” said Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC, Cianti Stewart-Reid. “Obenshain is clearly out-of-touch with a majority of Virginians, from voting to defund Planned Parenthood health centers, to introducing a bill that would have criminalized a woman for not reporting her miscarriages that weren’t immediately reported to the police, to co-patroning so-called “personhood” legislation that if enacted, could interfere with personal, private, medical decisions relating to birth control, access to fertility treatment, management of a miscarriage, and access to safe and legal abortion.

      “It is troubling that he would attempt to criminalize women who have just suffered a miscarriage. Every pregnancy is unique and sometimes things go tragically wrong. During the challenging days which follow a miscarriage, no woman should ever have to wonder if she will face criminal charges for not calling the police in time. Obenshain’s inability to recognize this should raise serious doubt as to whether he’s ready to lead.

      “Given Obenshain’s record, it is clear he will follow Cuccinelli’s dangerous trend of interfering in women’s health. Virginians deserve better than another attorney general who will put his extreme women’s health agenda ahead of the people of the Commonwealth.”