State of Virginia Archives: on Abortion


Ed Gillespie: Opposes abortion

Even with all his experience in politics, serving as a congressional aide and a counselor to President George W. Bush, Gillespie has never been a candidate. He will embark on a campaign when, for the first time since 1969, Virginia Republicans hold no statewide office, and voters know far less about him than about Sen. Warner.

Gillespie, who opposes abortion rights and is conservative on most other issues, is running on the belief that he can unite the party in a way that did not happen last year. He has been reaching out to some of Virginia's conservative activists since Election Day, sounding them out and asking for their support.

Source: New York Times on 2014 Virginia Senate race Jan 9, 2014

Ken Cuccinelli: I believe life begins at conception

McAuliffe suggested Cuccinelli campaigned for the state Senate in Fairfax on transportation so he could oppose abortion rights once he got elected. "You come in pretending to be one thing and then you say something else," McAuliffe said, calling Cuccinelli the "true Trojan horse of Virginia politics." Cuccinelli has been decried by Democrats as an extremist who is hostile to women on such issues as abortion.

McAuliffe suggested that Cuccinelli's position on gay issues and abortion nearly jeopardized Northrop Grumman from locating its corporate headquarters in the state. Cuccinelli said his views on homosexuality or gay marriage had not changed: "The notion that because I believe marriage ought to be protected, because I believe life begins at conception... there are lots of Virginians who share my sincerely held beliefs. And your notion that this somehow chases business out of Virginia would be laughable if it weren't so offensive," he said.

Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch on 2013 Virginia governor debates Jul 21, 2013

Ken Cuccinelli: No new abortion restrictions as governor

Asked about whether he would push for more restrictions on abortion as governor, Cuccinelli said: "I do not expect to use the political capital of the governor's office to be moving those pieces of legislation. My focus is on job creation and job growth."
Source: Washington Post on 2013 Virginia governor debates Jul 21, 2013

Terry McAuliffe: Supports abortion rights

Cuccinelli & McAuliffe disagreed on just about every issue, including abortion. McAuliffe suggested Cuccinelli campaigned for the state Senate in Fairfax on transportation so he could oppose abortion rights once he got elected. "You come in pretending to be one thing and then you say something else," McAuliffe said, calling Cuccinelli the "true Trojan horse of Virginia politics." Cuccinelli has been decried by Democrats as an extremist who is hostile to women on such issues as abortion.
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch on 2013 Virginia governor debates Jul 21, 2013

George Allen: Define that life begins at conception, but contraception ok

bit of Latin, that contraception means it stops conception--and so you do not have a fertilized egg.

Moderator: Don't they work by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg?

Allen: Well if the egg is not fertilized, there is not conception.

Kaine explained that the common birth control pill works by a dual mechanism--both preventing fertilization, and preventing successful implantation when fertilization does occur. Also, he added, intra-uterine devices work singly by preventing implantatio Cruz on immigration: Wants to triple size of Border Patrol. Says Dewhurst supported in-state tuition for kids of illegal immigrants.

Dewhurst: I have always been against an amnesty program. "If they want to be a citizen, they ought to go home and reapply."

Dewhurst says he was against tuition for children of illegal immigrants.

Source: Eric Kleefeld reporting on 2012 Virginia Senate debate Dec 7, 2011

Tim Kaine: If life begins at conception, we must outlaw contraception

Kaine explained that the common birth control pill works by a dual mechanism--both preventing fertilization, and preventing successful implantation when fertilization does occur. Also, he added, intra-uterine devices work singly by preventing implantation. Allen had a fumble on some basic science. The candidates were asked about conservative proposals to declare that life begins at conception. Allen said that defining life as beginning at conception would not outlaw contraception, as "contraception" means stopping conception--that is, preventing fertilization from taking place:

Moderator: Could you tell us, how do you think birth control pills and intra-uterine devices work?

Allen: I don't profess to be a doctor. I'm just using maybe a little

Source: Eric Kleefeld reporting on 2012 Virginia Senate debate Dec 7, 2011

Robert Sarvis: Supports embryonic stem cell research

Q: Do you support state funding for stem cell research?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?

A: Yes.

Source: Virginia State Legislative 2011 PVS Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2011

Robert Sarvis: Early term abortions ok, but parental consent for minors

Q: Do you support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?

A: It depends on the actual legislation. I, like the majority of voters, occupy the middle ground between the two strict/absolutist positions.

Q: Should abortion be legal after the first trimester of pregnancy?

A: There is support, even in the 35th District, for restricting medically unnecessary late-term abortions, but there is not support in the 35th District for banning early-term abortions. The vast majority of voters don't want this election hinging on divisive, social-wedge issues. And neither do I.

Q: Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?

A: Yes.

Q: Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?

A: Yes.

Q: Should parental notification be required before an abortion is performed on a minor?

A: Yes.

Q: Should parental consent be required before an abortion is performed on a minor?

A: Yes.

Source: Virginia State Legislative 2011 PVS Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2011

Bob McDonnell: Supported 35 restrictive bills, even with rape & incest

Deeds noted that during 15 years as a Virginia Beach delegate, McDonnell supported 35 bills to restrict abortion and opposes the practice even in cases of rape and incest. Deeds backs abortion rights.

McDonnell said he believes that people of goodwill can find agreement on the issue. But he accused Deeds of being "outside the mainstream" in opposing bills to ban late-term abortions and to require parental consent for minors seeking abortions.

Source: Washington Post coverage: 2009 Virginia gubernatorial debate Jul 25, 2009

Creigh Deeds: Backs abortion rights without parental consent

Deeds noted that during 15 years as a Virginia Beach delegate, McDonnell supported 35 bills to restrict abortion and opposes the practice even in cases of rape and incest. Deeds backs abortion rights.

McDonnell said he believes that people of goodwill can find agreement on the issue. But he accused Deeds of being "outside the mainstream" in opposing bills to ban late-term abortions and to require parental consent for minors seeking abortions.

Source: Washington Post coverage: 2009 Virginia gubernatorial debate Jul 25, 2009

Bob McDonnell: Pro-life; anti-partial-birth; pro-parental-notification

Bob McDonnell is pro-life. As Attorney General, Bob supported numerous bills to protect the unborn and defended the Commonwealth's ban on late-term partial birth abortion.

As a legislator, Bob McDonnell helped lead the effort to ban late-term partial birth abortion (House Bills 2513 & 1541, 2003), fought to successfully enact parental notification and informed consent (Chief Patron, House Bill 1110, 1992; HB 2570, 2001), and encourage adoption

Source: 2009 Virginia Gubernatorial campaign site, bobmcdonnell.com Jul 21, 2009

Virginia Foxx: Support parental consent and oppose partial birth abortions

Foxx has co-sponsored all bills in the state Senate that support parental consent, oppose partial birth abortions, and abolish state funding for abortions. She believes in the sanctity of life and has had previous endorsements by North Carolina Right to Life.
Source: 2004 House campaign website, VirginiaFoxx.com Nov 2, 2004

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2012 Presidential contenders on Abortion:
  Democrats:
Pres.Barack Obama(IL)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)

Republicans:
Gov.Mitt Romney(MA)
Rep.Paul Ryan(WI)
Third Parties:
Green: Dr.Jill Stein(MA)
Libertarian: Gov.Gary Johnson(NM)
Justice: Mayor Rocky Anderson(UT)
Constitution: Rep.Virgil Goode(VA)
Peace+Freedom: Roseanne Barr(HI)
Reform Party: André Barnett(NY)
AmericansElect: Gov.Buddy Roemer(LA)
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