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Candidate for Virginia Governor

I would like to see abortion be banned...

 — Ed Gillespie

Source: Huffington Post

Sixty-seven percent of Virginians support the idea of legislation to protect a woman’s right to choose access to safe, legal abortion care. But Ed Gillespie, the Republican candidate for Virginia governor, stands against them.

For years, Gillespie dodged questions about Roe v. Wade, keeping his true feelings regarding the landmark decision in the dark. In 2006, as Chair of the Republican Party of Virginia, he was asked about Roe and he replied that he was not “qualified” to answer. A few years later, as a candidate for U.S. Senate, Gillespie said that it was “a Supreme Court decision” and therefore not in his lane to comment on.

It took years, but as Gillespie ramps up his bid for governor, he is clearer than ever on his position: He wants to ban abortion. Virginians can stop Gillespie by voting to elect women’s health champions in November.


Ed Gillespie on the Issues

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Champion of the TRAP laws

At a candidate forum, Gillespie was pressed on whether he wants to see Roe v. Wade overturned, and it’s no surprise: Ed Gillespie has made it clear that he would like to overturn this important ruling for women's health.

Gillespie has also said he would restore the Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers — also known as TRAP laws — on abortion clinics. Gov. Terry McAuliffe has reduced many TRAP laws, which the Supreme Court has ruled are unconstitutional.

TRAP laws usually impose costly and medically unnecessary building requirements and other burdensome stipulations that reduce access to abortion care, which is the point.

To Gillespie, birth control is a “sin”

“We teach students in our courses that it's a sin, according to our faith, to — you know, to have abortion-inducing pills or sterilization procedures or contraception."

— Ed Gillespie

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 inaccurately believes that the morning-after pill is an “abortion pill,” incorrectly stating during an interview that “You don’t have to go to a doctor’s office for the abortion…That doesn’t make it less of an abortion.”

In short, every time the topic contraception comes up, Gillespie’s answers are awkward and flatout false.

Anti-Affordable Care Act

Additionally, Gillespie once sat on the board of a group called Conscience Cause, a group that was formed to take away the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit.

This benefit requires insurance plans to cover birth control with no copay and saves women up to $600 a year on birth control pills alone — an estimated $1.4 billion in savings for all women covered by the benefit in a year.

It’s appalling to know that Ed Gillespie once called the Affordable Care Act “a monstrosity,” and yet he has also 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.

The Bottom Line: Gillespie would be devastating for Virginia women

“I am pro-life...”

— Ed Gillespie

Gillespie says he’s “pro-life,” but we all know what that’s code for. If Gillespie had it his way, he would block access to safe, legal abortion and prevent women from getting the care they need.

In fact, he’s so against women’s health that he won’t even publicly state how he stands on Planned Parenthood.

More than 23,000 Virginians visited Planned Parenthood health centers in 2015, and nearly 70 percent of those patients came to get contraception.

Ed Gillespie needs to tell Virginians where he stands. His ideas are too dangerous for the governor’s mansion.

VOTE in November to elect a women’s health champion for governor!


Election Day:

November 7th, 2017

Deadline to update your address or register to vote:

October 16, 2017

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Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam

If elected Governor, Northam will be a champion for all Virginians. He will protect access to Planned Parenthood health care services and protect a woman’s constitutional right to safe, legal abortion.

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