From Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA07)’s reelection campaign:
Yesli Vega Lies Again About Audio Recording Where She Doubts Women Can’t Get Pregnant From Rape
On Fox News, the Former Police Officer Said Allegations that She Made These Recorded Comments are “Not True”
FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Yesli Vega is once again lying about the existence of the audio recording in which she doubts that women can get pregnant from rape.
On Fox News last night, Vega described the verified audio recording as “not true:”
BRET BAIER: So, is that abortion issue making an impact? I mean, what’s the response to this specific charge that she?
YESLI VEGA: You know, people have asked me about it just because her allegations are so bizarre and not true and so I appreciate voters coming directly to me getting clarification, and once we talk about the issue and where I stand on it, they’re 100% on board and supporting me.
Vega’s comments come after last week, when Vega —in an interview with CBS19 — told a reporter, “Those were never my comments.”
But when asked if it’s harder for a woman to get pregnant from rape, Vega said:
“It wouldn’t surprise me. Because it’s not something that’s happening organically. You’re forcing it.”
“Yesli Vega’s continued attempt to walk back her disgraceful comments about victims of rape is not only shameful – it’s desperate,” said Justin Chermol, Press Secretary, Abigail Spanberger for Congress. “With early voting open across Virginia – and just 11 days to go until votes will be counted – Yesli Vega will do whatever it takes to clean up her shocking comments – even if that means lying to the Virginians she one day hopes to represent.”
Yesli Vega doubted the likelihood that women who are raped can become pregnant, and made clear in endorsement questionnaires that she supports a nationwide ban on abortion. In audio uncovered by a local news outlet, Vega said only God – not a doctor or healthcare provider – can choose to save the life of the mother. Additionally, Vega promised to vote for a constitutional amendment to outlaw abortion nationally and to cosponsor the Life at Conception Act — a bill that would ban abortion nationwide with no exceptions.
Vega also welcomed the endorsement of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, a fervently anti-choice group that seeks to “end abortion,” restrict abortion exceptions for rape and incest, and oppose a woman’s right to access IUDs and the morning-after pill.
Spanberger is the only pro-choice, pro-marriage equality, and pro-privacy candidate in the race for Virginia’s Seventh Congressional District.
Spanberger has been a vocal advocate for safeguarding the rights of all Virginians. Spanberger has voted with a majority in the U.S. House to protect the rights to contraception, same-sex marriage, interstate travel for reproductive care, and twice to codify Roe v. Wade.
Here’s the audio clip in question: pic.twitter.com/0k6iBA2bUA
— Ned Oliver (@nedoliver) June 27, 2022