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McAuliffe’s Extreme Abortion Views

From my piece today:

Who’s the real extremist on abortion? McAuliffe has been happy enough to attack Cuccinelli’s [pro-life] position, but he’s been evasive about his own views. In March, Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser in a prepared statement accused McAuliffe of “support[ing] a platform of abortion on-demand at any time, for any reason, paid for by Virginia taxpayers. That means he supports a platform of sex-selective abortion, late-term abortion, partial-birth abortion, and abortions on teenage girls without parental consent — all paid for by Virginia tax payers.” TheWashington Post reported that, when it reached out to McAuliffe’s campaign for comment, “McAuliffe spokesman Josh Schwerin declined to say whether Dannenfelser had accurately represented McAuliffe’s position on abortion.”

On his own campaign website, McAuliffe obliquely says, “I strongly believe that women should be able to make their own healthcare decisions without interference from Washington or Richmond.” …

McAuliffe’s actions, if not his words, indicate he’s comfortable with the legality of late-term abortions. And that’s an extremist position. According to a Huffington Post/YouGov poll in July, 59 percent of Americans back banning abortions after 20 weeks, while only 30 percent support allowing them. In August, a Quinnipiac poll asked respondents whether they would rather have abortions be legal without restriction up to 24 weeks or up to 20 weeks; a whopping 60 percent chose 20 weeks.

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Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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