Mark Obenshain is every bit as extreme and dangerous as the current AG and candidate for governor Ken Cuccinelli, so it’s no surprise he would try and follow in his extremely partisan footsteps.
When it comes to women’s health, these two are out-of-touchas you can get. Just take a look at their extreme records on women’s health:
|On Personhood: Cuccinelli co-sponsored extreme and dangerous personhood legislation with Obenshain [HB 2797, 2007]. By defining a fertilized human egg to be a legal person, the measure could have banned abortion with no exceptions, blocked access to forms of birth control, and even outlawed medical treatments such as in-vitro fertilization||On Personhood: Obenshain co-sponsored personhood legislation with Cuccinelli when the two were in the State Senate together. He continued their fight when Cuccinelli left—supporting personhood legislation again in 2012 [HB 2797, 2007; HB 1, 2012].|
|On defunding Planned Parenthood: Cuccinelli has long fought to defund Planned Parenthood, and even introduced a budget amendment in 2008 to cut funding to Planned Parenthood, in addition to thousands of dollars from the state budget dedicated to women’s health [HB 30, 2008, Amendment #2].||On defunding Planned Parenthood: Obenshain voted in favor of Cuccinelli’s budget amendment that would’ve cut funding to Planned Parenthood—jeopardizing Virginia women’s access to affordable and quality health care [HB 30, 2008, Amendment #2].|
|On birth control:When legislation came up in Cuccinelli’s first year in the State Senate clarifying that birth control was not a form of an abortion, Cuccinelli voted against it and not just once, but two years in a row.[SB 1104, 2003; SB 456, 2004].||On birth control: Obenshain voted with Cuccinelli on this legislation in his very first year in the State Senate. He also pushed for James Madison University to stop selling emergency contraception to its students [SB 456, 2004; Associated Press, 4/24/03].|
|On TRAP: Cuccinelli spent a career in the State Senate introducing bills that would have put unnecessary and unreasonable restrictions on abortion providers in the state. As attorney general, he helped to push similar legislation through and bullied the Board of Health to pass these extreme restrictions.||On TRAP: When the bill putting unnecessary and unreasonable restrictions on abortion providers in the state finally reached a full vote in the State Senate—Obeshain voted in favor of these extreme restrictions [SB 924, 2011].|
This blog post is paid for by Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC, and authorized by Terry McAuliffe, candidate for Governor and Mark Herring, candidate for Attorney General.