Virginia gubernatorial candidates portray each other as 'extreme' on abortion
FILE In this Oct. 10, 2013 file photo, Republican gubernatorial candidate, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, speaks during a gubernatorial forum at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Va.Read more
#1 Oct 20, 2013
The so-called personhood bill would grant the full rights of a person to an embryo from the moment of fertilization. Cuccinelli unsuccessfully co-sponsored such legislation in 2007, and other versions of the measure have failed as recently as last winter.
Abortion rights supporters have said the legislation could outlaw abortion, but University of Virginia constitutional law professor Kevin Walsh said that can’t happen as long as the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 decision affirming the constitutional right to an abortion remains intact.
“Federal constitutional rights always trump your state law,” he said.“This would have more symbolic effect than practical effect, but that doesn’t make it irrelevant for either side.”
Katherine Greenier, a women’s rights lawyer with the ACLU of Virginia, acknowledged that the bill would not immediately affect abortion but said it would trigger a ban in Virginia if the Supreme Court ever reversed Roe v. Wade.
And that is clearly the bill’s intent, according to Alena Yarmosky of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia
“As extreme as Virginia has gone over the past few years, there’s certainly some other bills out there we’ve managed to defeat,” Yarmosky said.“If elected governor, we’re sure Cuccinelli would continue as he’s done as attorney general and keep up these attacks on women’s health.”
Just an example of a control freak trying to dictate how a person lives.
He needs to go to a country where his extreme attitudes would be appreciated. Cu Cu is a cookoo.
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