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Meet Ken Cuccinelli,“the most overtly partisan attorney general in Virginia’s history.”

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli wants to be your governor. But do you know where he stands on women’s health issues? We sum it up very simply: most people want to INCREASE their access to health care for themselves and their community. Ken Cuccinelli wants to RESTRICT access to health care and in some cases eliminate it altogether.

Take a look below and learn why we need to keep Ken out of the governor’s office!

Work To Restrict Access to Affordable Health Care for Virginia Women

Obamacare

Touting his work trying to restrict access to affordable health care, Cuccinelli claims he filed suit against Obamacare 34 minutes after it was signed by the president.

Cuccinelli has made targeting women who receive health care at Planned Parenthood health centers a top priority. In 2008, as a state senator, Cuccinelli introduced an amendment that would have stripped funding from Planned Parenthood. In 2009, Cuccinelli introduced another defeated measure to defund Planned Parenthood.

Does Not Support Safe and Legal Abortion

Cuccinelli on AbortionCuccinelli opposes abortion in the case of rape, incest, and the health of the woman, and has done everything he can to throw roadblocks in the way. In fact, the only circumstance in which Cuccinelli supports abortion access is when the life of the woman is at stake.

Cuccinelli introduced a bill that carried criminal penalties for doctors performing abortions, and he authored Virginia’s parental consent for abortion law. He also supports a 24-hour waiting period before a woman can get an abortion.

Supports Extreme And Dangerous Personhood Measures, Because A Fertilized Egg As Full Human Being Is “Scientific Reality”

Personhood

A leading advocate for extreme and dangerous “personhood” measures that could interfere with personal, private, medical decisions relating to birth control, access to fertility treatment, management of a miscarriage, and access to safe and legal abortion, Cuccinelli headlined a rally supporting a 2012 “personhood” bill. “This personhood bill recognizes a scientific reality. Life begins at conception,” said Cuccinelli. “Make sure you talk to your senators. Advocate for this issue.”

Calls Birth Control Benefit “Sterilization Mandate”

Birth Control

In his book, Cuccinelli repeatedly calls the birth control benefit, which guarantees your health insurance cover birth control as basic, preventive care with no additional co-pay, as the “sterilization mandate.” Not only is this inflammatory and misleading, but it conjures up a horrible time in Virginia’s history when the state forcibly sterilized men and women, only stopping the official program in 1979.

Cuccinelli co-sponsored a bill that would have made it harder for minors to obtain birth control. He also co-sponsored a bill that, in a true overreach of government, would violate privacy rights of teenagers by requiring their parents be notified every time they sought information or treatment for STDs or contraception.

Cuccinelli has been honored by the extreme group Virginia Christian Alliance (VCA) for his work pushing Virginia’s “personhood” bill. The VCA’s issue areas are “Creationism, Sanctity of Life, Sexual Purity, Obedience To God, Our Nation Under God, God-Ordained Family, Godly Relationships.”

But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what Ken Cuccinelli has said on women’s health, IN HIS OWN WORDS….

On the TRAP regulations:

The ultimate goal which is to make abortion disappear in America and make people want it that way.

On personhood:

This personhood bill recognizes a scientific reality. Life begins at conception. Make sure you talk to your senators. Advocate for this issue.

On Planned Parenthood:

Finally, let’s dispense with the outrageous notion that Planned Parenthood is reducing teenage pregnancy on some mythical altruistic basis. Planned Parenthood reduces teen pregnancy by providing abortions, which both makes Planned Parenthood a lot of money and ends a pregnancy…Planned Parenthood’s sex-ed programs in our schools are what a marketing executive might call a ‘loss leader,’ used to introduce their organization and all it has to offer, e.g., abortion on demand, to our children.

On protesting the birth control benefit:

’My local bishop said he told a group, “Well, you know, I told a group I’m ready to go to jail.” And I told him, “Bishop, don’t take this personally – you need to go to jail.’” Cuccinelli said…. In his interview with Deace, Cuccinelli said employers who want to challenge the law may have to make the hard decision to go to jail to “’provide an example of what tyranny means when it’s played to its logical conclusion.’