FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFor me, the most salient fact is that not only does McDonnell oppose abortion, but he also opposes birth control. That is an extreme position that puts him well outside the mainstream in Virginia and the country. Note carefully, I said, he OPPOSES BIRTH CONTROL.
July 25, 2009
NARAL PRO-CHOICE VIRGINIA PAC ANNOUNCES
ENDORSEMENT OF CREIGH DEEDS FOR GOVERNOR, COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
Endorsement highlights organization's dedication to building pro-choice
leadership in the Commonwealth
(Alexandria, VA) - Today, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia PAC, the Commonwealth's
leading advocate for personal privacy and a woman's right to choose,
announced its endorsement of Senator Creigh Deeds for Governor.
NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia's PAC views this election as critical in
determining the future of reproductive choice for the state of Virginia, and
Senator Deeds is the leader who can help ensure that all Virginians have
comprehensive, affordable, and accessible reproductive healthcare. We have
worked with Senator Deeds over the past five years and know him to be a
thoughtful, consistent, and dedicated pro-choice advocate, invested in
promoting commonsense practices to reduce the number of unintended
pregnancies and the need for abortion, statewide.
Deeds' opponent, Bob McDonnell, has made a life-long career of denying women the reproductive healthcare they need. In his 17 years in elected office, McDonnell has patroned over 30 bills that aimed to limit reproductive freedoms, harming women and families. "For someone who is so opposed to abortion, it's mindboggling that Bob McDonnell has patroned bills to prevent access to birth control and emergency contraception," said Tarina Keene, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia.
"Bob McDonnell has gone on record stating his belief that abortion should
not be legal, even in cases of rape and incest," Keene continued.
"Virginians cannot afford to have an elected leader confuse political
ideology with medical need. McDonnell has time and time again voted to move
Virginia backwards with regards to healthcare. NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia PAC
is dedicated to supporting Creigh Deeds, and defeating Bob McDonnell's
attempt to control Virginians' reproductive health."
NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia supports candidates who are dedicated to family
planning, preventing unintended pregnancy, and increasing access to
reproductive healthcare for women and families. The organization's powerful
statewide network of activists will mobilize pro-choice voters throughout
Virginia to help elect Senator Deeds and other pro-choice candidates in
There is no poll that has ever shown that any state opposes a woman's - or even a man's right to practice birth control. That was a battle that was won back in the 1920s, and should not even have to be refought in the 21st century.