RICHMOND — Democrats are calling on Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II to condemn the comments of a major financial backer who recently compared abortion to slavery.
“There’s a point when you become culpable in the killing of other people, because of what the government is making you do,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the antiabortion Susan B. Anthony List, which last month pledged at least $1.5 million to the Republican Cuccinelli’s campaign for governor.
“And that is one of those tipping point moments,” she said. “It happened in slavery when slaves had to be returned to their masters. When we — when our hands are bloodied by this, it becomes a whole ’nother thing.”
Dannenfelser made the comments over the weekend while speaking to the Conservative Political Action Conference, where Cuccinelli gave the opening address.
“Ken Cuccinelli should condemn his backer’s ridiculous and offensive comparison of a woman’s constitutional right to make her own health care choices with the atrocious institution of slavery,” Lauren Harmon, executive director of the Democratic Party of Virginia, said in a statement issued Tuesday. “Virginians need to know that, despite his close ties to this radical organization, Cuccinelli rejects this awful rhetoric.”