The Weekender (9/10/21)
Welcome to the Democratic Governors Association’s Friday newsletter, The Weekender.
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|Virginia: As urgent nationwide calls grow to protect the right to choose following a near-total ban on abortion in Texas, the DGA launched a new video exposing Glenn Youngkin’s extreme position on outlawing abortion and restricting reproductive health care. Youngkin was caught on tape admitting to his closest supporters his secret plot to attack reproductive rights in Virginia once in office and confessing he’s been hiding his extreme views on abortion from voters to win votes. If elected governor, Youngkin has vowed to go “on offense,” banning abortion and defunding Planned Parenthood. Codifying Roe v. Wade into law has become a “huge motivator” in governor’s races, yet Youngkin continues to push a position that is extremely out of touch with Virginians. Watch the video here.
New Jersey: In a Star-Ledger opinion article published this week, editorial page editor Tom Moran highlighted how the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a Texas ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy will hurt Jack Ciattarelli in his gubernatorial bid. If Roe v. Wade is overturned, governors will play a crucial role in protecting the right to choose, which Moran says “raises the temperature on an issue where Ciattarelli has no natural allies in New Jersey.” Ciattarelli wants to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood and called Trump’s conservative Supreme Court nominees his “greatest legacy.” Moran says Ciattarelli’s extremist anti-choice policies are “likely to grate on most New Jersey voters,” who support abortion rights in all or most cases by a margin of nearly 2-1. While Ciattarelli struggles, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy is fighting for New Jerseyans by pushing for passage of the Reproductive Freedom Act, which would expand access to abortion, prenatal care, and birth control. If Roe is overturned and federal protection for abortion rights disappears, each state will have to find its own way. “We need to, as soon as possible, put this protection into statute,” Murphy said.
|“There’s no question sending a message from the federal side that indeed voting is the most important act you can do to make sure we have a strong democracy in our country is needed — absolutely. But I will tell you, in my position, I cannot wait for that to happen.”