Planned Parenthood Prez: Top 2013 Goal is Beating Ken Cuccinelli

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 30, 2013   |   6:56PM   |   Richmond, VA

The president of the Planned Parenthood abortion business says the number one priority this year for the abortion giant is defeating the pro-life candidate for governor in Virginia.

From a news story about an interview with Cecile Richards:

Richards said her group will be working hard for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe, calling him “a strong supporter of women’s rights, women’s health care and women’s ability to make their own decisions about their health.”

“This race is our top priority this year, and the stakes couldn’t be higher, not only for the women in the commonwealth but women across the country,” she said.

In response, Del. Roxann Robinson, R-Chesterfield County, said McAuliffe is trying to “demonize those who promote a culture of life.”

“His refusal to deny his support for extreme positions like partial-birth abortion and taxpayer funded abortion, or his opposition to requiring parental consent for abortions by teenage girls, shows he is far outside the mainstream of Virginia voters,” Robinson said in a statement.

A poll earlier this month found Republican Ken Cuccinelli leads Democrat Terry McAuliffe (37%-31%), but more than one-fourth (27%) of registered voters in Virginia remain undecided in the 2013 gubernatorial election, according to The Roanoke College Poll. Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis claimed 5 percent of respondents.

Earlier this year, the Susan B. Anthony List announced its endorsement of Ken Cuccinelli for Governor of Virginia!

In announcing the endorsement, SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said:

“Ken Cuccinelli’s record of fighting exploitation of the most vulnerable is not just a position that he takes, it is clearly an extension of who he is. Ken’s leadership in defending women against violence on campus and in fighting human trafficking in Virginia is entirely consistent with his stance in favor of protecting the innocent unborn.”

Dannenfelser continued:

“Like the vast majority of Virginians, we want abortion to be reduced, become rare, and ultimately become a thing of the past. Last year a handful of radical politicians, spurred by the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, abandoned the Democrats’ 15-year commitment to making abortion rare. They want to expand it, protect it up to the moment of childbirth, allow it for sex selection, and send the bill for it to taxpayers, business men and women, and even churches.  That Planned Parenthood, which profits from a record number of abortions each year, would want this is clear enough.  It’s not at all clear why Terry McAuliffe, who has authorized Planned Parenthood’s baseless smears on Ken Cuccinelli, would associate himself with such a radical and greed-driven agenda.”



Ken Cuccinelli’s leadership in defending the unborn, defending women against violence on campus and in fighting human trafficking in Virginia, on the other hand, is a mainstream agenda that all women in Virginia can support.

As a student at the University of Virginia, Ken helped establish the student-led group, Sexual Assault Facts and Education (SAFE) after hearing a fellow student being attacked. Ken helped organize the successful student protests that led to the university employing a full time sexual assault education coordinator.

Later, while serving in the Virginia General Assembly, Cuccinelli supported multiple bills dealing with human trafficking. He became a leader on this issue and was appointed to the Human Trafficking Commission which worked to develop and implement a plan for the prevention of human trafficking in Virginia.

Currently serving as Attorney General, Cuccinelli’s office works to protect victims of domestic violence—most often, women—by producing an annual report on the issue and promoting the best practices from other areas of the country that have developed creative responses to domestic and sexual violence. Ken is a husband and father to seven children – five girls and two boys – he is deeply dedicated to his family.

Ken has fought repeatedly against the exploitation of the most vulnerable, including the unborn, and women can be confident he will do the same as governor.