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Planned Parenthood Votes and Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC Launch Grassroots Voter Outreach Efforts

Contact: Planned Parenthood Action Fund Media Office, 212-261-4433

For Immediate Release: 08.29.13

Planned Parenthood Votes Calls on Supporters to Help “Keep Ken Out” with New Video

Watch It Here.

Richmond, VA — Planned Parenthood Votes and Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC today announced that they will run a layered grassroots outreach effort in the months leading up to Virginia’s gubernatorial election to help keep Ken Cuccinelli out of the governor’s mansion. Volunteers and supporters will reach Virginia voters by phone and at their doors with information about Ken Cuccinelli’s dangerous record and agenda on women’s health. Participants have already knocked over 3,500 doors and plan to knock thousands more over the following months.  

Planned Parenthood Votes also released an animated web video today called “Our Superpower” that asks supporters to talk to their friends, family and co-workers about how much is at stake for Virginia women’s health and economic security this election.

“There’s something that Planned Parenthood Votes has that only Planned Parenthood Votes has. It’s kind of like a secret weapon, or a secret superpower that’s key to winning the Virginia governor’s race….

“Our secret power is you. You and your friends spreading the word about how high the stakes are for women’s health this election and we need your superpower to take on one super challenge to women’s basic health care – Ken Cuccinelli.”

The video highlights Ken Cuccinelli’s extreme stance on birth control access, on safe and legal abortion, and on funding for preventive care at Planned Parenthood health centers. Polling from the 2012 election shows that an overwhelming majority of women voters trust Planned Parenthood political and advocacy organizations when they speak out about issues affecting the health of women.

You can watch the Planned Parenthood Votes video here.

“This election is too important for Virginia women to sit on the sidelines. That’s why we will be at the doors and on the phones to educate Virginia women about the high stakes this election and mobilize them on Election Day,” said Cianti Stewart-Reid, executive director of Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC.  

Ken Cuccinelli is trying to muddy the waters when it comes to his extreme positions, and it is more important than ever for Virginia voters to get out the vote in November. For example, earlier this week, Cuccinelli said that he doesn’t think government should be legislating contraception. But his record tells a different story.

You can learn more about the candidates at keepkenout.org.

BACKGROUND

When it comes to women’s health, attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli is far out of the mainstream. His entire career has been an exercise in trying to restrict and deny women access to care. 

Ken Cuccinelli opposes safe and legal abortion, even in cases of rape, incest or when the woman’s health is in danger. He has co-sponsored “personhood” measures that could interfere with personal, private, medical decisions relating to birth control, access to fertility treatment, management of a miscarriage, and access to safe and legal abortion. He wants to cut access to Planned Parenthood’s preventive health services and supports letting your boss decide whether you can get access to affordable birth control. He bullied the Virginia Board of Health into passing targeted restrictions on abortion providers which doctors and medical experts agree do nothing to improve the health or safety of women, saying the goal of these and all abortion restrictions was to “make abortion disappear in America.”

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Paid for by Planned Parenthood Votes and Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC. 
Authorized by Terry McAuliffe for Governor, candidate for Governor.

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Planned Parenthood Action Fund is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit membership organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The Action Fund engages in educational and electoral activity, including voter education, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy.