State of Virginia Archives: on Abortion


Don Beyer: Politicians have no business interfering in right to choose

I strongly support a woman's right to choose. As Lieutenant Governor, I helped block repeated efforts by the Republicans to interfere with women's personal health care decisions and their misguided attempts to outlaw a woman's right to choose.

In Congress, I'll be a strong voice and vote in support of a woman's right to choose. And I'll fight attempts by Tea Party Republicans to cut funding for Planned Parenthood. Politicians have no business interfering in these private health care decisions.

Source: 2014 Virginia House campaign website, FriendsOfDonBeyer.com Oct 10, 2014

Ed Gillespie: I never supported a Personhood amendment

Gillespie does not have a long paper trail on abortion issues, and he pushed back when Warner said he would overturn Roe vs. Wade or push a Personhood amendment, which would say life begins at conception. "Please provide the documentation for my support of any of those things," Gillespie said.

Warner countered: "If you are in the Senate, would you vote to overturn Roe vs. Wade? Did you not also support a personhood amendment?"

"No," Gillespie replied. "When did I support a Personhood amendment? There's not going to be a vote to overturn Roe v. Wade," Gillespie said. "That's a Supreme Court decision. I'm running for the United States Senate."

The Warner campaign's evidence that Gillespie supports Personhood is thin. They point to the platform passed by the Republican National Committee in 2004, when Gillespie was party chairman. "Gillespie chose the platform director and said the platform reflects the 'beliefs of our party,'" Warner's campaign emailed after.

Source: Politico.com weblog on 2014 Virginia Senate debate Jul 26, 2014

Ed Gillespie: Sell contraceptives over-the-counter to avoid Hobby Lobby

Gillespie advocated for over-the-counter sale of contraception: Speaking about the Hobby Lobby case involving employer-sponsored contraception, Gillespie said he thinks the issue can be skirted if women are just allowed to buy birth-control medication on their own without a prescription--a position that Colorado GOP Senate candidate Cory Gardner also staked out recently.
Source: Politico.com weblog on 2014 Virginia Senate debate Jul 26, 2014

Ken Cuccinelli: Human life begins at conception

Question topic: Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Cuccinelli: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2013 Virginia Governor campaign Jul 2, 2014

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

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