Pro-life advocates are working to expose Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s radical pro-abortion stance.
Herring, who is running for re-election, supports late-term abortions on viable unborn babies and forced taxpayer funding of abortions, according to the Susan B. Anthony List. The pro-life organization’s Women Speak Out PAC is running ads online this fall to expose how out of touch Herring is with voters on abortion.
“Mark Herring has a clear record of putting extremist politics ahead of his job,” SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser wrote earlier this month. “When the General Assembly passed a law in 2011 requiring abortion facilities to comply with basic health, safety, and sanitation standards, Herring declared that abortion businesses simply did not have to comply with state law.”
Dannenfelser said Herring also opposes legislation prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks when strong scientific evidence indicates unborn babies can feel pain. In a legal opinion earlier this year, Herring claimed the legislation is “very likely” unconstitutional.
However, his opinion is in the minority. Right now, 20 states have similar laws in place, and none have faced any serious legal challenges, Dannenfelser said. The legislation also has strong public support, especially among women.
Herring also supports taxpayer-funded abortions and abortions for underage girls without their parents’ consent, two radical positions that most Americans oppose, according to the pro-life group.
Dannenfelser described Herring as a “political bully” who has used his political position to push “extremist pro-abortion politics on Virginia.”
Susan B. Anthony List is supporting Republican challenger John Adams, who has promised to support pro-life laws protecting unborn babies and moms from abortion.
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Nicole Stacy, a spokeswoman for the pro-life group, said the latest polls show the race is very close, despite Herring being an incumbent and having a large fundraising advantage. A Suffolk University poll this week showed Herring with a narrow 2-point lead over Adams.
This could indicate that Virginia voters are tired of the pro-abortion politics of Herring and pro-abortion Gov. Terry McAuliffe, and ready for a leader who will support protections for human life.
Pro-life groups also are backing Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie, while the abortion chain Planned Parenthood is spending millions to support pro-abortion Democrat Ralph Northam in Virginia.
Northam and Herring have similarly radical positions on abortion.
“Northam’s position is so extreme he supports abortion on demand – that’s abortion for any reason anytime during the pregnancy – and he favors using your tax dollars to pay for abortion,” said Karen Cross, political director for the National Right to Life Committee.