RICHMOND — It appears that women’s issues are likely to factor into the Virginia gubernatorial contest, with opposing sides of the abortion debate jumping into the race early.
The Susan B. Anthony List announced an initial commitment of $1.5 million Thursday to likely GOP nominee Ken Cuccinelli II, calling the contest “a top priority” for the group. In endorsing the attorney general, President Marjorie Dannenfelser cited his record of “fighting exploitation of the most vulnerable” as “an extension of who he is.”
“We knew where Planned Parenthood would be next and how they would try to roll out a campaign against Ken,” said Dannenfelser, whose group is opposed to abortion. “We’re putting an end to the lack of truth and civility in campaigns about what the candidate’s positions really are.”
Last fall, Cuccinelli weighed in on the Virginia Board of Health’s decision to impose strict, hospital-style building standards on existing abortion clinics, reversing an earlier decision after the attorney general warned the board that such facilities could be liable for legal fees if they were sued later.