And those harsh regulations? Well, according to the Virginia Catholic Conference, here’s what they entail:
The Commonwealth’s strong permanent regulations will now prevent abortion facilities from subjecting women to unsanitary conditions, including physicians performing abortions with unwashed hands or blood splattered on examination tables and medical trays. No longer will inadequate building standards prevent emergency medical technicians from retrieving a woman in need of emergency care from inside the facilities to transport her to a hospital emergency room.
Strange, because these all sound like initiatives that someone who supports women’s health and safety should back.
Another McAuliffe TV ad depicts Cuccinelli as the jerk who wants to make sure women stay in unhappy marriages. “If Cuccinelli had it his way, a mom trying to get out of a bad marriage over her husband’s objections could only get divorced if she could prove adultery or physical abuse or her spouse had abandoned her or was sentenced to jail.” Okay, but here’s the key bit McAuliffe leaves out: Men would face the same rules in trying to end their marriages, if that law [against no-fault divorce for parents of minors] had passed. (PolitiFact, an outlet not known for being sympathetic to social conservatives, agreed the legislation would have affected both men and women.) The legislation, recognizing that divorce often had bitter consequences for kids, was an attempt to make sure that neither spouse in a marriage with minor children could opt out of the marriage on a whim.
The McAuliffe campaign is also talking about contraception, attacking Cuccinnelli’s past support for “personhood” legislation. Some argue that those bills would have made some (not all) forms of contraception illegal. Cuccinelli took on the issue directly in August, saying, “I’ve never supported legislation that invades people’s choices about contraception.” Cuccinelli spokeswoman Anna Nix then elaborated to PolitiFact that “Ken Cuccinelli is not interested in legislating contraception.” So, while we still can’t get McAuliffe to go on record whether he’s okay with the abortion of babies who could survive as preemies after labor was induced, we do have Cuccinelli on record saying he’s not going to impose new laws affecting contraception.
The McAuliffe campaign, like most on the left, appears unable to see the distinction between supporting religious liberty and supporting bans on contraception. Cuccinelli, the McAuliffe campaign ominously warns on the website, has “even advocated civil disobedience to stop expanded birth control access.” This is a reference to Cuccinelli’s belief that the Obama administration is wrong to require employers with religious objections to contraception to offer contraceptive coverage to their employees. McAuliffe might as well say Cuccinelli wants to stop expanded access to Bibles because he’s not recommending that secular private schools dole out Bibles.
It’s an old Democrat and mainstream-media trick to depict a Republican as hating women because he supports socially conservative values. But calling pro-life views anti-woman is to silence the voices of almost half of the women in the United States: According to a Gallup poll in January, 43 percent of women identify as pro-life. Like men, women in the United States are divided on such matters, hardly thinking or voting as a single bloc. On social issues, Cuccinelli may not see eye-to-eye with the D.C. expat living in Northern Virginia, but neither does McAuliffe share the views of many longtime Virginians.