Virginia Governor Candidate Deeds Gets Backing of Pro-Abortion Organization

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 17, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Virginia Governor Candidate Deeds Gets Backing of Pro-Abortion Organization

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
July 17
, 2009

Richmond, VA (LifeNews.com) — A pro-abortion Virginia group has endorsed the Democratic candidate for governor in November’s election, state Sen. Creigh Deeds. The Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia, the political extension of the state’s biggest abortion business, announced today it is backing Deeds.

In a statement, the pro-abortion group cited Deeds’ "consistent voting record in favor of protecting reproductive choice," a euphemism for abortion, as the reason for the endorsement.

Planned Parenthood also attacks the pro-life record of gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell, the former attorney general and state Delegate from Virginia Beach.

The group laments that he is "opposed to reproductive choice," another code phrase for abortion.

The endorsement stands in contrast to the support McDonnell has received from pro-life advocates.

Olivia Gans, the president of the Virginia Society for Human Life, says the group is "proud to support Bob McDonnell in his bid for the governorship of Virginia."

"As Attorney General he has been a steadfast and vocal supporter of the rights of the unborn as well as protection for women from unscrupulous abortionists," Gans said. "He is an articulate leader on the full range of pro-life issues in Virginia and the nation."

Planned Parenthood’s endorsement follows a new poll showing McDonnell with a small lead over Deeds.

A new Rasmussen survey shows the race within the margin of error. Its poll, released on July 14, has McDonnell, a former state Attorney General, at 44 percent and Deeds, a state senator, at 41 percent.

Rasmussen found McDonnell is viewed more positively by more Virginians than Deeds.

The poll shows 50 percent of Virginia voters view McDonnell favorably with 25 percent strongly so and 25 percent having a somewhat favorable view. Some 49 percent of Virginia residents view Deeds favorably but just 19 percent say strongly favorable compared to 30 percent who say somewhat favorable.

Just 27 percent of Virginia voters view McDonnell unfavorably compared with 35 percent who say the same thing about Deeds.

Gans said McDonnell’s office has spared no effort in defending the Virginia partial-birth abortion ban, which pro-abortion groups took to court. The measure is currently before the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

"Pro-life Virginians have been fortunate to work alongside Attorney General McDonnell since his days in the Virginia House of Delegates and look forward to continuing to work with him as governor," Gans added.

Related web sites:
Virginia Society for Human Life – https://www.vshl.org

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