August 3, 2017

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Caught on Tape: Gillespie Reveals Plan to Defund Planned Parenthood

The Latest in a String of Attacks on Women’s Health

Yesterday, Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie was caught on video telling voters he would sign a bill to defund Planned Parenthood in the commonwealth.

Watch here:

 

GILLESPIE: “I would sign a bill that does not have taxpayer funding go to Planned Parenthood.”

It’s not the first time Gillespie has attacked women’s reproductive rights in the campaign. In a debate during the Republican primary, Gillespie told the audience he, “would like to see abortion be banned.” He was also endorsed in June by National Right to Life for his commitment to pursue legislation attacking a woman’s right to choose.

“This video is just the latest episode in a string of attacks from Ed Gillespie on women’s rights,” said DGA Communications Director Jared Leopold. “The fact is that Ed Gillespie stands lockstep with Donald Trump and Mike Pence in defunding Planned Parenthood and restricting women’s health. Virginia needs a governor like Ralph Northam who will protect and strengthen access to health care for all women in Virginia.” 

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Background:

HEADLINE: Gillespie: ‘I would like to see abortion be banned.’ [Washington Post, 4/4/17]

April 2017: Gillespie Said, “I Would Like Abortion to Be Banned.” While at the Amherst GOP Forum, when asked if Roe v. Wade should be overturned, Gillespie said, “I would like to see abortion be banned because I think it is a taking of an innocent human life. It is not the law of the land today.” [Amherst GOP Forum, 4/1/17]

June 2017: National Right to Life Endorsed Gillespie. According to Life News, “National Right to Life, the federation of state right-to-life organizations, today announced its endorsement of Ed Gillespie in the Virginia Gubernatorial Republican primary on Tuesday, June 13.” [Life News, 6/7/17]