Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe attacked his Republican opponent, Glenn Youngkin, over abortion, saying the Republican would fund Planned Parenthood and pass laws similar to Texas’ landmark law banning it. abortion after six weeks of pregnancy.
“Glenn Youngkin was filmed saying he was going to commit the offense of funding Planned Parenthood and banning abortions,” McAuliffe said Thursday during a campaign event with Vice President Kamala Harris. “He wants to bring Texan style laws here in the Commonwealth of Virginia.”
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“Every woman, listen to me, you have to come out and vote, because if Glenn Youngkin is elected, abortions will stop!” McAuliffe argued. “And as I was before, I will be a brick wall to protect the rights of women here in the Commonwealth of Virginia.”
Youngkin did not take these positions on abortion, however.
During the first debate with McAuliffe in September, Youngkin said he would not sign the Texas abortion bill.
“I wouldn’t be signing the Texas bill today,” Youngkin said. “As I have said throughout this campaign, I am pro-life. I believe in exceptions for rape and incest and when the mother’s life is in danger. But the Texas bill is also impractical and confusing.… What I said was I think a pain threshold bill would be appropriate. ”
Youngkin’s campaign opposed taxpayer funding for abortion and comments by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam about not expanding care for unwanted babies who survive abortion. He suggested he would sign a bill banning most abortions after 20 weeks gestation, when a baby may be in pain, but he didn’t take the kind of firm stance McAuliffe suggested.
Pro-life organizations and leaders, including Susan B. Anthony List, National Right to Life, Family Research Council Action, Virginia Society for Human Life PAC, and Penny Nance, have supported Youngkin.
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In July, a liberal activist posted a secret video of the Republican candidate, aimed at denouncing him as a pro-life radical.
At a meeting in June in Loudoun County, a caller asked Youngkin if he would reimburse Planned Parenthood or “bring it to the abortionists.”
Youngkin replied, “I’ll be really honest with you. The short answer is that in this campaign, I can’t. When I’m governor and have a majority in the House, we can start attacking. But like a campaign topic, unfortunately, which in fact will not win my independent votes that I need to get. “
This was far from a commitment to fund family planning or ban abortion, but McAuliffe has repeatedly asserted that it was exactly that.
In September, the Washington Post fact-checker gave McAuliffe “Two Pinocchios” for his claims that Youngkin would ban abortions.
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“McAuliffe distorts Youngkin’s secretly recorded comments into something Youngkin did not say – and it is particularly far-fetched to claim that he has repeatedly said he will ban abortion in Virginia,” wrote Glenn Kessler of the Post.
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