Women's Health Advocates Gather in Cville Against Cuccinelli
Women's health advocates gather in front of Albemarle County Circuit Court
Activists in Charlottesville say gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli is too extreme when it comes to women's health issues. Monday, people spoke out on how they feel the Republican ticket would be a step backwards for the commonwealth.
The group assembled in front of the Albemarle County Circuit Courthouse Monday afternoon to express its concerns. Speakers emphasized that Cuccinelli's "personhood bill" would have banned many forms of contraception. They add his actions would take away critical health care resources.
Registered Nurse Charlotte Brody stresses women's health issues such as birth control and abortions are personal decisions.
"I believe we live in a country where we're supposed to have different opinions and supposed to respect those opinions. Ken Cuccinelli would remove that respect from the American system, would remove the individual right to make that decision and would decide that for all of us," said Brody.
Charlottesville Vice Mayor Kristin Szakos also commented against Cuccinelli - saying he bullied the board of health to impose unnecessary medical regulations.
The activists also talked about Cuccinelli's refusal to accept Medicaid expansion funds. They emphasized that the upcoming election is critical for women in Virginia.
Read the full statement from Cuccinelli's campaign in response to Monday's events below.
"Terry McAuliffe has stood silently by as his Democratic friends degrade and harass women. Terry has been given numerous opportunities to denounce the despicable behavior of Anthony Weiner and other Democrat politicians, yet he refuses to take a principled stand for what's right. While Ken Cuccinelli is talking to voters about how to grow the economy and improve our education system, Terry McAuliffe continues to mislead Virginians with negative attacks and refuses to condemn his party members who have a habit of disrespecting and disparaging women."
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