This is Ed Gillespie, the Republican candidate for Virginia governor.
As November and election day grow closer, it’s critical to understand how dangerous Ed Gillespie is for Virginians.
Gillespie is an extreme politician pushing a dangerous agenda. Not only is he terrible for women, he’s just plain out of touch with the rest of the Commonwealth. It’s no wonder he’s been endorsed by the likes of other gynoticians including Sen. Newt Gingrich, Gov. Scott Walker and Vice President Mike Pence.
Here are six key things you need to know about Ed Gillespie:
1) He wants to “defund” Planned Parenthood
He’s dodged the question for years, but now we have confirmation. If Gillespie gets elected to the governor’s mansion in November, he said he would sign a bill that would block access to care at Planned Parenthood health centers in Virginia.
Gillespie's plan could take away birth control, life saving cancer screenings, and HIV testing for the over 23,000 Virginians who depend on Planned Parenthood health centers for their essential health care.
2) He wants to overturn Roe. v Wade
As early as 2012, Gillespie applauded fellow Republicans for saying that Roe V. Wade was “wrongly decided.” Then, at a candidates’ forum this past April, Gillespie was pressed on whether he wants to see Roe v. Wade overturned. Ed Gillespie made it clear that he would like to overturn this important ruling for women's health, saying,
“I would like to see abortion be banned because I think it is a taking of an innocent human life.”
— Ed Gillespie
3) He holds extreme views on birth control
Gillespie holds extreme views on birth control. In 2012, he called birth control a “sin” and advocated to block access to no-copay birth control. He also seems to see no difference between abortion and contraception, and has inaccurately equated Plan B to ”abortion-inducing pills.”
In short, every time the topic of contraception comes up, Gillespie’s answers are awkward or flat-out false.
4) He’s a TRAP law champion
Gillespie has also said he would restore TRAP laws on abortion clinics.
The point of TRAP laws are usually to impose costly and medically unnecessary building requirements and other burdensome stipulations that reduce access to abortion services.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe has reduced many medically unnecessary TRAP laws in Virginia, which make it harder for women to access safe, legal abortion. Pus, the Supreme Court has ruled them unconstitutional. But if Gillespie becomes governor, he’ll bring them back.
5) He’s against the ACA
Ed Gillespie once called the Affordable Care Act “a monstrosity” — which is appalling by itself. Additionally, he has tried to walk a tightrope on the failed Trumpcare bill — neither giving his unwavering support nor stating his opposition to the legislation that would have “defunded” Planned Parenthood and taken health care away from millions of Americans.
Gillespie also once sat on the board of Conscience Cause, a group that was formed to take away the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit.
6) He’s on “the Trump train”
Gillespie is supportive of Donald Trump and the administration’s failed policies that hurt women, like the global gag rule that Trump reinstated during his first week in the White House.
And let’s not forget that Trump has systematically filled key positions with anti-science, anti-women’s health extremists. This includes people like Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Teresa Manning, who manages the Title X National Family Program, but believes that contraceptives don’t work.
Here's the bottom line
Victory for Gillespie in November would mean four years of dangerous attacks against the vital health care that women throughout the Commonwealth rely on. Virginians will not stand for it and will send a clear message on election day.
Election day in Virginia is fewer than three months away. VOTE in November to elect Ralph Northam — a women’s health champion — for governor!