McAuliffe Puts Big Abortion Ahead of Safety of Virginia Women

Mallory Quigley, 703-380-6674

McAuliffe Opposes Common Sense Clinic Regulations Supported by Virginia General Assembly and AG Ken Cuccinelli  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Virginia Board of Health meets for its final vote on the proposed abortion clinic health and safety standards supported by the Virginia General Assembly and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. The national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) rebuked Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe for opposing the needed regulations and even authorizing his campaign to attack the Attorney General over the measures, even as a new wave of abortion facilities across the country are exposed as dangerous and unsanitary. The SBA List has launched an online petition for its more than 14,000 Virginia activists to call on McAuliffe to protect women at

“It’s an outrage that Terry McAuliffe is siding with big abortion instead of Virginia women by opposing these common sense health and safety standards,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Since Kermit Gosnell’s ‘house of horrors’ clinic was discovered in 2010, several states have enacted measures to ensure women going into abortion facilities are treated with basic dignity and respect. It’s shameful that Terry McAuliffe cannot agree Virginia women have the same right to this protection.

“Last year, Virginia abortion centers were issued more than 80 citations, and just this week two nurses at a Planned Parenthood facility in nearby Delaware quit after the unsanitary and dangerous conditions. The ‘meat-market style of assembly-line abortions’ made the nurses fear for women’s lives. We call on Terry McAuliffe to join the General Assembly and Ken Cuccinelli in standing up for Virginia women by supporting these common- sense regulations on the abortion industry.”

Last month, McAuliffe’s campaign was asked by the Washington Post to confirm or deny his stance on abortion as being one of supporting “a platform of abortion on-demand at any time, for any reason, paid for by Virginia taxpayers,” including “sex-selective abortion, late-term abortion, partial-birth abortion, and abortions on teenage girls without parental consent – all paid for by Virginia taxpayers.” McAuliffe spokesman Josh Schwerin declined to comment to the Post.

“Virginia voters have a right to know what a McAuliffe administration has in mind for women, parents, unborn baby girls, and taxpayers.  If his opposition to reasonable abortion facility regulations is any indication, his administration will be a field day for the abortion industry the likes of which Virginia has never seen,” Dannenfelser concluded.

The Susan B. Anthony List and its affiliated Political Action Committees, the SBA List Candidate Fund and Women Speak Out PAC, are dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, the SBA List emphasizes the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women at all levels of government.  The SBA List is a network of more than 365,000 pro-life Americans nationwide. 

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