The race for the Virginia governor’s mansion took a nasty turn Tuesday, as Democrats attacked Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II, a Republican, for refusing to condemn statements made by a major financial backer comparing abortion to slavery.
The statement came from Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the antiabortion Susan B. Anthony List, which last month pledged at least $1.5 million to Cuccinelli’s campaign for governor.
Dannenfelser issued a statement responding to Democrats’ complaints about her slavery comments.
“The SBA List believes in protecting the human rights of mothers and children,” she said. “On the other hand, Terry McAuliffe supports 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. In sync with the extreme abortion lobby, he is utterly out of step with Virginia taxpayers.”
It is “stunning that Ken Cuccinelli is willing to stand with comments comparing women’s health care access to slavery,” said McAuliffe spokesman Josh Schwerin. “By standing with the extremist Susan B Anthony List, Cuccinelli is showing once again that his agenda is extreme and dangerous for women’s health in Virginia.”