Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Attacks Pro-Life Ken Cuccinelli

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 13, 2013   |   10:55AM   |   Richmond, VA

The Planned Parenthood abortion business has mailed its supporters across the state of Virginia to urge them to oppose pro-life gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli.

The mailers say he is “extremely dangerous for women” because he wants abortion clinics held accountable for violating health and safety laws that legitimate medical centers are expected to obey. Planned Parenthood doesn’t want to have to follow the laws to ensure the safety of women’s health.

The abortion business has already said its top goal this year is defeating the pro-life candidate.

CNN has more on the campaign piece attacking Cuccinelli:

“Ken Cuccinelli would end access to safe and legal abortion, even in cases of rape or incest,” reads the mailer, provided to CNN by a Virginia voter who received it on Monday.

The two-sided mailer highlights Cuccinelli’s push as attorney general to apply strict new health regulations to Virginia abortion providers, a move critics said would force many clinics to shut their doors.

Read the mailer here and here.

The language on the mail piece – “Ken’s way out there” – dovetails with Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe’s efforts to paint Cuccinelli as an extremist on social issues and disqualify him with women voters.

The mailer, billed as “an important message” from Planned Parenthood’s political action committee, is actually paid for by the Democratic Party of Virginia in coordination with the women’s health organization.

Asked about the criticism, Cuccinelli spokeswoman Anna Nix called McAuliffe the “out-of-the-mainstream” candidate on the abortion issue, accusing the Democrat of supporting “taxpayer funded abortions, abortion up to the moment of birth and abortion for sex selection.”

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.