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Ken Cuccinelli Lies About Record of Trying to Ban Birth Control

by: lowkell

Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 12:46:50 PM EDT

From the McAuliffe for Governor campaign:

Ken Cuccinelli continues to lie about his record of trying to make common forms of birth control illegal. Today in Ashburn, Cuccinelli told a crowd of seniors that government should not be legislating contraception or birth control efforts.  That statement is in stark contrast to the impact of personhood legislation he sponsored while in the Senate.  

"Ken Cuccinelli has previously admitted that he intentionally misleads voters and the media about his extreme agenda when he runs for office and today was a perfect example," said McAuliffe spokesperson Josh Schwerin. "After sponsoring legislation in 2007 that would ban common forms of birth control including the pill, Cuccinelli is intentionally making false statements to hide his beliefs and record." 

Cuccinelli Pushed for Passage of HB 1 Personhood Legislation, Said “The Fight For Life Is Going To Last For All Of Our Lives” 

In 2012, National Journal Hotline quoted Cuccinelli at rally for HB 1 personhood legislation, saying “It’s hard to believe we actually have to come and advocate for something as basic as life, but we’ve had to do it for decades and we’re going to have to do it for the rest of our lives. The fight for life is going to last for all of our lives.’“ [National Journal Hotline, 2/16/12; CBS 6 WTVR, 2/15/12, Video]

Cuccinelli Cosponsored Personhood Bill in 2007 that Would Recognize Life from the “Moment of Fertilization” 

In February 2007, Sen. Cuccinelli cosponsored legislation introduced by Del. Bob Marshall that would prove that “the right to enjoyment of life” guaranteed by Article 1, § 1 of the Constitution of Virginia applies to “preborn human beings from the moment of fertilization.”  The bill failed in the House. [HB 2797, 2/5/07]

Politifact: “Personhood laws could limit some forms of birth control”Politifact has previously written that “Personhood laws could limit some forms of birth control” and “Since it takes about eight or more days for a fertilized egg to implant in the wall of the uterus and there are birth control methods that prevent implantation, then such a law might well have made those methods illegal.” [Politifact, 11/2/12]

lowkell :: Ken Cuccinelli Lies About Record of Trying to Ban Birth Control

American Congress Of Obstetricians And Gynecologists: Personhood Laws Will “Deny Women Access To The Full Spectrum Of Preventive Health Care, Including Contraception”

In February 2012, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released a statement that said: “The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is unequivocally opposed to the so-called ‘personhood’ laws or amendments being considered in several states. These measures erode women's basic rights to privacy and bodily integrity; deny women access to the full spectrum of preventive health care including contraception; and undermine the doctor-patient relationship.” [American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2/10/12]

American Congress Of Obstetricians And Gynecologists: Personhood Measures “Would Limit Or Eliminate Contraceptive Options”

According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, personhood measures “would limit or eliminate contraceptive options.” They elaborated: “Some of the most effective and reliable forms of contraception—oral contraceptives, intrauterine devices, and other forms of FDA-approved contraceptives—could be banned in states that adopt ‘personhood’ measures.” [American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, “Personhood Measures: Impact on Contraception”]  


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