After vowing that, if elected as Virginia’s next governor, he will keep the state’s sub-standard abortion clinics open, Terry McAuliffe (D) has launched a new campaign ad that attempts to paint his opponent Ken Cuccinelli as an “extremist” who is “outside of the mainstream” on the issue of abortion.
The ad, which tries to drive a wedge between Cuccinelli and independent female voters, features Norfolk-based Dr. Holly Puritz, an OB/GYN who says she is “offended” by Cuccinelli’s pro-life position:
“My job is to protect the health of women, so I’m particularly offended by Ken Cuccinelli,” Puritz states in the ad. “Cuccinelli wants to make all abortion illegal–even in cases of rape and incest, even to protect a woman’s health. I want a governor who’s focused on schools and creating jobs, not someone who wants to do my job. Who is Ken Cuccinelli to interfere in the lives of women across Virginia?”
Puritz does not mention that McAuliffe has promised to get around Virginia’s Board of Health regulations so that abortion facilities that do not meet the health standards of other medical facilities remain open, leading to the possibility of further risks and complications to women’s health.
Women Speak Out, a political action committee dedicated to exposing President Obama’s radical support of abortion, has a different view of McAuliffe’s support of unclean and risky abortion clinics:
However, in attempting to paint Cuccinelli as an “extremist,” McAuliffe has invited scrutiny of his own “extreme pro-abortion policies.”
In May of 2007, Catholic News Service reported that the Syracuse diocese made headlines when it denied former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe an opportunity to speak at his alma mater, Bishop Ludden Junior/Senior High School.
According to the report, McAuliffe was initially scheduled to speak to fellow alumni at the school in February of that year and follow with a signing event for his book, What A Party! My Life Among Democrats, Presidents, Candidates, Donors, Activists, Alligators, and Other Wild Animals.
Though his appearance at Ludden was approved in January, several days prior to the event the diocese withdrew its permission due to comments McAuliffe made in an interview with radio talk-show host Hugh Hewitt. During the interview Hewitt (HH) asked McAuliffe (TM) about his Catholic background and his views on abortion: