Virginia: McAuliffe Opposes Abortion Law That Could Have Stopped Gosnell

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 24, 2013   |   12:31PM   |   Richmond, VA

Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe’s opposition to increased health and safety standards for the Commonwealth’s abortion facilities is drawing him condemnation from a pro-life women’s group.

Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser tells LifeNews that McAuliffe’s views are so extreme that he even opposes the kind of regulations on abortions that even Kermit Gosnell’s attorney supported.

As Dannenfelser points out, earlier this week, Jack McMahon, defense attorney for convicted murderer and late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell, told FOX News’ Megyn Kelly that he supports increased regulation of abortion clinics as well as a ban on abortion past 16-17 weeks in order to forestall crimes like those Gosnell committed.

“Weeks of graphic testimony detailing the horrors and conditions inside Kermit Gosnell’s Philadelphia abortion clinic was enough to sway even Gosnell’s own attorney,” she said. “If McMahon can agree that women going into abortion facilities must be treated with basic dignity and respect, why can’t Terry McAuliffe? Virginia women are increasingly disturbed that a politician who seeks to represent women would oppose such elementary efforts to protect our health and safety.”

Dannenfelser continued: “Kermit Gosnell isn’t alone. More than 80 violations were discovered inside Virginia abortion facilities last year. Unsafe, unsanitary conditions – not to mention barbaric abortion practices – continue to be exposed nationwide. Shame on McAuliffe for refusing to join the General Assembly and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in standing up for Virginia women. Women deserve better than his extreme abortion ideology.”

She noted how, last month, McAuliffe’s campaign was asked by the Washington Post to confirm or deny that he supports “a platform of abortion on-demand at any time, for any reason, paid for by Virginia taxpayers,” including “sex-selective abortion, late-term abortion, partial-birth abortion, and abortions on teenage girls without parental consent – all paid for by Virginia taxpayers.”

McAuliffe spokesman Josh Schwerin declined to comment to the Post.