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Terry McAullife (D) supports a woman’s right to access safe, legal, and affordable reproductive services, including birth control and abortion:

  • He opposes Virginia’s unnecessary TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Provider) law intended to close women’s health clinics.
  • McAullife opposes the Virginia Personhood Amendment, which would outlaw some forms of birth control.
  • “I will be a brick wall standing there firm to make sure that no bill gets out of the General Assembly that could impede or hurt a woman’s right to make her own personal health decisions,” he said in August.


Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) has championed the cause to eliminate all abortion rights and to impede birth control access, first as a state senator and now as attorney general:

  • Cuccinelli wants to make abortion illegal, even in cases of rape, incest, or to save a woman’s life.
  • He’s admitted that his ultimate goal is to “make abortion disappear in America.
  • He believes emergency contraception, like the morning after pill, are methods of abortion and voted against a bill establishing that contraception is different than abortion.
  • As state senator, Cuccinelli sponsored a personhood amendment to the Virginia State Constitution which would have extended full rights to fertilized eggs and outlawed many forms of birth control, including the pill and IUDs.
  • As Attorney General, Cuccinelli supported the new Virginia TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Provider) law, which include unnecessary regulations to drive out of business women’s health clinics.
  • While the State Board of Health initially exempted existing abortion clinics from the new TRAP law, Cuccinelli threatened to deny state legal representation to Board of Health members if they continued to support exempting existing abortion providers.

  • Cuccinelli supports defunding Planned Parenthood Virginia.

Lt. Governor Race:

Dr. Ralph Northam, M.D. (D) has a strong record of protecting women’s reproductive rights:

  • As a state senator, Dr. Northam led the successful fight against Virginia’s mandatory transvaginal ultrasound probe act for any woman seeking an abortion.
  •  He condemned Virginia’s personhood law.
  • Dr. Northam opposes Virginia’s TRAP law.


Bishop E.W. Jackson (R) has an extreme anti-woman, anti-choice record which has earned him the title of a “genuinely certifiable nut” from the Huffington Post:

  • He’s  made extreme remarks about the history and work of Planned Parenthood, saying, “Planned Parenthood has been far more lethal to black lives than the KKK ever was.”

  • Jackson is also the founder and current president of STAND (Staying True to America’s National Destiny), a conservative organization dedicated to anti-abortion causes that compares abortion to infanticide.

Attorney General Race:

Mark Herring (D) believes women’s healthcare decisions are personal, not political, and that politicians in Richmond have no right to be involved in them:

  • Herring opposes TRAP regulations, which would force many women’s health clinics in Virginia to close.
  • He opposes mandatory ultrasounds for women seeking abortions.
  • Herring opposes efforts to restrict women’s access to birth control.


State Senator Mark Obenshain (R) is a right-wing extremist on women’s reproductive rights:

  • Obenshain opposes women’s access to birth control and abortion, even in cases of rape and incest.
  • He introduced legislation that would require women to report their miscarriages to the police within 24 hours of its happening.
  • After outrage, Obenshain withdrew the bill and said he didn’t mean it.
  • He supported the mandatory ultrasound legislation.
  • He supported Virginia’s Personhood Act.
  • Obenshain has a 0% rating from Virginia NARAL.


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