Last week’s Election Day was tough, with abortion criminalizers taking over the Senate, and winning many gubernatorial races. Nonetheless, there were bright spots for reproductive justice advocates, as local voters elected almost all of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington Action Fund’s (PPMWAF) endorsed candidates, and Colorado and North Dakota voters spoke resoundingly to reject assaults on women’s health. PPMWAF organized three phone banks with 26 volunteers to call Colorado voters and urge them to oppose the “personhood” initiative campaign, which failed for the third time in Colorado, 64%-36%. PPMWAF also phone banked against the Tennessee anti-abortion initiative, with 20 volunteers making 1088 calls, which sadly passed in a tight race, 53%-47%.
PPMWAF also engaged in non-partisan voter outreach and education. We tabled at George Mason University, University of Mary Washington, and Georgetown University, participated in Virginia Latino community events, and canvassed door-to-door and at Metro stops in order to make sure that Virginians Got Out The Vote this year. In totally, PPMWAF attended or hosted 23 events in Northern Virginia, and we successfully got 440 Northern Virginians and 50 D.C. residents to pledge to vote in this 2014 midterm election.
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In our area, PPMWAF is disappointed that our endorsed candidate and women’s health champion, Anthony Brown (D), lost the Maryland governor’s race, 52%-47%. We will continue to fight for your reproductive health in 2015, and will work with all of our champions to ensure that Governor-elect Larry Hogan (R) follows the will of the voters and does not attempt to roll back any of our hard-fought women’s health legislative victories. All of the rest of our Maryland state endorsed candidates won their races: Brian Frosh (D-Attorney General), Senators Brian Feldman (D-15th), Susan Lee (D-16th), Cheryl Kagan (D-17th), Richard Madaleno (D-18th), and Delegates Anne Kaiser (D-14th), Kathleen Dumais (D-15th), David Fraser Hildalgo (D-15th), Aruna Miller (D-15th), Bill Frick (D-16th), Ariana Kelly (D-16th), Marc Korman (D-16th), Kumar Barve (D-17th), Andrew Platt (D-17th), Al Carr (D-18th), Ana Sol Gutierrez (D-18th), Jeff Waldstreicher (D-18th), Bonnie Cullison (D-19th), Ben Kramer (D-19th), Marice Morales (D-19th), Sheila Hixson (D-20th), David Moon (D-20th), Will Smith (D-20th),Tawanna Gaines (D-22nd), Charles Barkley (D-39th), Kiril Reznick (D-39th), Shane Robinson (D-39th), Jimmy Tarlau (D-47A). Additionally, strong women’s health supporters Senators Karen Montgomery (D-14th), Jamie Raskin (D-20th), and Joanne Benson (D-24th) and Delegates Marvin Holmes, Jr. (D-23B) and Angela Angel (D-25) won their races as well.
Locally in Maryland, PPMWAF-endorsed Ike Leggett (D) won Montgomery County Executive, as did all but one of our endorsed candidates for the Montgomery County Council, Roger Berliner (D-1st District), Craig Rice (D-2nd District), Sidney Katz (D-3rd District), Nancy Navarro (D-4th District), Tom Hucker (D-5th District), Nancy Floreen (D-At Large), George Leventhal (D-At Large), and Hans Riemer (D-At Large). Tim Willard (Green) lost his At-Large race to women’s health supporter Marc Elrich (D). Endorsed candidate Todd Turner (D-4th District) also won his Prince George’s County Council race.
In Virginia, in order to support the right of women’s health centers to open in Manassas, PPMWAF got involved in the Manassas City Council race, endorsing two staunch women’s supporters Democrats Patricia Richie-Folks and Ken Elston. PPMWAF donated to their campaign to assist in getting their message out, and we sent 3 volunteers to hand out literature for 3 hours at Election Day at 2 polling locations. Ultimately, we elected Elston while Richie-Folks was beaten by incumbent anti-women’s health legislator, Marc Aveni.
In D.C., our endorsed candidates, Mary Cheh (D) in Ward 1, and Brianne Nadeau (D) had dominant victories on Election Day. Women’s health champion and longtime-friend-to-PPMW Muriel Bowser will be the next D.C. mayor, and we are excited to work with her to expand D.C.’s already significant women’s health and reproductive rights protections. Candidates who scored very highly on our questionnaire won other major races, including Ward 6’s Charles Allen (D) and At-Large, with Elissa Silverman (I) and incumbent Anita Bonds (D), who has voted for all PPMWAF-sponsored legislation with the rest of the Council.
While the loss of the U.S. Senate was very frustrating, PPMWAF staff and volunteers were also proud to be a part of a GOTV trip to North Carolina, November 1-2, working under the auspices of the federal PAC, Planned Parenthood Votes, to Get Out The Vote for Sen. Kay Hagan (D). We brought 14 volunteers as part of a group of 40 from DC, and our group hit over 7,450 voters’ doors in the Raleigh, NC area and get them out to vote on women’s health in that very tight race.
Local pro-women’s health candidates endorsed by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund also won all but one of their races: Senator Mark Warner (D-VA, in a slim 49.2%-48.4% win), Representatives Donna Edwards (D-MD-4th), Steny Hoyer (D-MD-5th), John Delaney (D-MD-6th), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD-8th), Gerry Connolly (D-VA-11th), Don Beyer (D-VA-8th), and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC).
Under the auspices of Planned Parenthood Votes, PPMWAF staff and volunteers did two press conferences for Democrat John Foust and offered support in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District. Frustratingly, Foust fell to Republican Barbara Comstock on Election Day. However, this now opens up Comstock’s Virginia House seat that PPMWAF-endorsed candidate Kathleen Murphy almost took in 2013. Murphy will be running for the seat again in a special election on January 6, and we will keep you informed on how you can get involved!
Thank you again for your work on the ground and on the phones. We are committed to continuing the fight for reproductive justice in these challenging times, starting with winning the Virginia Senate in 2015. Please contribute to our important work here.
Public and Legislative Director
Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington Action Fund
PPMWAF Endorses Women’s Health Supporter Anthony Brown for Governor Washington, D.C. – The Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington Action Fund (PPMWAF) is pleased to announce its endorsement of Democrat Lt. Governor Anthony Brown in the Maryland gubernatorial race. Lt. Governor Brown earned a 100% score on the PPMWAF questionnaire and he has demonstrated a fierce commitment to our mission as a long-time effective advocate of expanding women’s reproductive rights.
As a champion of women’s health and women’s liberty, Lt. Governor Brown is committed to guaranteeing access to reproductive health care, including birth control, STI tests and treatment, lifesaving cancer screenings, and abortion, for all Marylanders. Brown recognizes the commonsense notion that access to reproductive health care is essential to allowing a woman to control and make decisions about her health and economic future. He also understands how preserving access to these resources is more than a women’s issue, it’s a family issue and an economic freedom issue. No woman should ever be denied reproductive justice due to her zip code, choice of employment, income level, or sexual orientation and Brown agrees. As he recently stated, “Every Marylander does better when they have the freedom to make healthcare decisions that are appropriate for themselves.”
Anthony Brown is the only candidate for Maryland governor who will stand up to anyone in the General Assembly who threatens a woman’s ability to make her own reproductive decisions. The only candidate who will work to increase state family planning funding so women can get the health care they need. He has also been a committed leader in the fight to end sexual assault and domestic violence in Maryland and will work to end the gender pay gap to promote economic advancement for Maryland women.
Brown’s Republican opponent Larry Hogan, who did not return a questionnaire, has a record of seeking to reverse the significant progress that reproductive care access has made in Maryland. In 1980, Hogan presented his Prince George’s County Executive father with a plan to ban abortion in county hospitals, even in cases of rape and incest, and publically defended his plan in the Prince George’s Journal. During his run for Congress in 1981, Hogan also supported a “human life” or “personhood” amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would have banned abortion and birth control.
After reading the Maryland political climate, Hogan toned down his abortion criminalization activism in public and recently suggested the issue of access to abortion as “superfluous” to this campaign and “a matter of settled law.” Most recently in a WYPR interview on June 19, 2014, Hogan reaffirmed that he has never changed his position on this issue, stating that abortion “is not something we’re going to be able to change or do anything about.” This dismissive tone does not reflect an awareness of the Republican-led war on women which has been raging across the country, nor does it sound like a genuine women’s health supporter. Marylanders cannot afford to elect someone who would turn the clocks back on women’s health. Maryland needs a leader like Lt. Governor Brown, who understands the importance of this issue and who will make sure Marylanders are aware of the dangers and misinformation that still exist throughout Maryland at crisis pregnancies centers and ensure they do not receive any state funding.
Laura Meyers, Ph.D, CEO, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington Action Fund: “Maryland women need a governor who will stand up for their rights and who trusts women to make their own personal health care decisions in consultation with their doctors and families. In light of vicious Republican attacks on women’s health across the country, Marylanders cannot afford to elect someone who thinks the abortion issue is ‘superfluous’ and who previously tried to ban abortion at Prince George’s County hospitals. We support Lt. Governor Anthony Brown because he will provide the strong leadership for women’s reproductive health that we need as the next governor of Maryland.”
For more on Brown’s women’s health platform: http://anthonybrown.com/vision/strong-women-strong-maryland/
Larry Hogan in the Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/in-md-governors-race-larry-hogan-pushes-pocketbook-issues-but-foes-push-back/2014/08/14/d70ff8dc-23d0-11e4-86ca-6f03cbd15c1a_story.html
Prince George’s Journal: http://www.mddems.org/attachments/-01_1980.9.24-Editorialiscalledinaccurate-PrinceGeorgesJournal.pdf
and on WYPR (23:40): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2tTL3jf7_Q#t=1405
By authority: Friends of Anthony Brown, Gerard Boden, Treasurer.
Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington D.C. Action Fund (PPMWAF) is Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington D.C.’s affiliated 501(c)(4) advocacy organization. PPMWAF advocates legislatively, politically and electorally in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia for priorities that are part of PPMW’s mission, which includes fighting for women to be able to make their own reproductive choices.
Planned Parenthood Metropolitan Washington Action Fund is pleased to announce its endorsement for Jonathan Shurberg, Democratic primary candidate in Maryland’s District 20 House of Delegate race. Jonathan received a score of 100 percent on our PPMWAF Maryland primary questionnaire survey. He has demonstrated an incredible commitment to PPMWAF’s mission by being a long time effective advocate of expanding women’s reproductive rights.
I am very proud today to thank you all for helping the Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington Action Fund (PPMWAF) make a splash this year in the Virginia electoral scene. With a 48%-45% win over women’s health opponent Ken Cucinelli, governor-elect Terry McAuliffe demonstrated the importance of women’s health to the Virginia electorate, as did lieutenant governor-elect Ralph Northam, with his 55%-45% win. These were resounding victories for women in Virginia and all across the country and a rejection of the anti-women’s health agenda of Ken Cuccinelli and the Republican ticket. McAuliffe won Virginia women by 9 points and women’s health was THE defining issue in this race. McAuliffe and Northam won because they support women’s access to basic preventive health care, including birth control, and safe and legal abortion and they let voters know. In 2013, 5,641 ads supporting the Democratic nominee mentioned abortion, and 20% of Virginia voters said abortion was the most important issue in determining their vote, with McAuliffe winning these voters, 59%-34%. McAuliffe also won overwhelmingly among the rising Virginia electorate, winning single women by 42 points, and black women by 84 points. For more on women’s health and this election, please see Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s case study and Op-Ed.
We at PPMWAF also paid specific attention to the attorney general race, and we worked especially hard on the doors for Democrat Mark Herring, highlighting Republican Mark Obenshain’s many horrific votes on women’s health, LGBT equality, and animal welfare. That work paid off as Herring won Loudon county, 53.3%-46.5%. However, as of today, this race is still too close to call, and there will definitely be a recount. Herring is currently down either 681 or 479 votes, and we hope to know more when all of the provisional ballots are counted. Please, if you know anyone who voted by provisional ballot that was placed in a GREEN ENVELOPE, they must get a copy of their ID to the electoral board today for their vote to be counted. Please ask any voter in that situation to call the voter information hotline right now at 1-855-910-VOTE. We hope to have a more final count on Tuesday, and expect the recount to be initiated at the end of the month and decided by mid-December, and it is still possible that Herring could come out on top.
Please, donate to the Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington Action Fund to support our future important electoral work and legislative advocacy.
In the House of Delegates, we would like to congratulate PPMWAF-endorsed candidate, Michael Futrell, who won his Prince William County 2nd District race, 50.6%-49.2%. Our friends at Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC assisted with Monty Mason’s victory in the Tidewater’s 93rd District race, and those two wins helped Democrats gain one net seat to shrink our House margin to 33-67. PPMWAF’s record for all of its endorsed candidates was 13 wins and 13 losses. Excluding uncompetitive Democrat incumbent and open seat races, and uncompetitive Democratic challengers (where the challenger received less than 45%), PPMWAF’s endorsed candidates went 1-6. However, in these competitive races, these were very small margin losses in challenging districts against incumbents. In 5 of those 6 races, our endorsed candidate reached at least 48%, and lost by less than 4%.
In the top two races that PPMWAF focused on, we lost by a total of only 251 votes, demonstrating again that every vote counts. We did the majority of our work in the 87th District, and we helped John Bell reach 49.33%, losing by only 195 votes to Del. David Ramadan, and we also worked a lot on Jennifer Boysko’s race in the 86th District, where Del. Tom Rust is currently leading by only 56 votes! Boysko has not conceded and a recount is almost certain, and we will keep you updated with any new information on this race. Our next two targeted races, Atif Qarni’s race in the 13th against Bob Marshall, and Kathleen Murphy’s bid in the 34th against Barbara Comstock, were lost by an average of 464 votes. Elizabeth Miller’s 2.8% loss in the 32nd and Reed Heddleston’s 7.6% loss in the 51st round out the list.
In summary, PPMWAF made 3,929 calls and knocked on 5,288 doors on behalf of Murphy, Boysko and Bell, filling 229 volunteer shifts. Specifically, we did 3,066 calls and 4,217 doors for Bell, with 43 volunteer shifts and 1,718 doors knocked during the last four days of GOTV. We threw fundraisers for these candidates, and donated to their campaigns. We also donated to Atif Qarni, sent alerts on behalf of all of these candidates, and provided press assistance and quotes for 10 candidates, including Elizabeth Miller. We may never know exactly why, but there are various reasons why McAuliffe’s win may not have fully translated to these downticket races, including the tendency of Virginia voters to split their ballots between Democrat and Republicans, and the massive success of the Republican gerrymander lines (where the Democrats’ closest race was Del. Eileen Filler-Corn’s 57%-39% win, while Democrats suffered 7 losses across the state where the challenger reached 48%).
Razor-thin losses notwithstanding, we in the PPMWAF community should be very proud of all of our hard work in this first comprehensive PPMWAF electoral campaign, and excited for the future. We used our field program to not only try to elect candidates, but also to push out our Planned Parenthood women’s health messaging to voters, and to encourage them to make women’s health an important part of their voting calculus. With 20% of voters naming abortion as their most important issue, that was resoundingly successful. A huge special thank you to our new field organizer, Michelle Woods, who did an amazing job motivating and turning out our volunteers and planning each integral phone bank and door-to-door canvass; And thank you to all of you, for your volunteer time, and your donations, and for forwarding our alerts to your Virginia friends and family to get the message out.
If you liked this alert, and the campaign work that you have seen, please give to the Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington Action Fund so we can continue to work for you, and for women’s health and liberty.
Our fight continues,
Public and Legislative Affairs Manager
Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington Action Fund
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The Washington Post endorses Kathleen Murphy!
Virginia Del. Barbara Comstock (R-34) is at it again, this time trying to portray herself asa champion of fighting breast cancer while trying to smear PPMWAF-endorsed candidate, Kathleen Murphy. In actuality, Comstock voted against the 2013 budget that included funding for the Virginia Department of Health breast cancer screening program. She also voted for the pernicious 2011 TRAP law which has used medically unnecessary requirements for hallway width and parking spots that have led to the shut down two of the twenty Virginia women’s health centers, which provide lifesaving breast cancer screenings to thousands of low-income women. Comstock has also continued to misrepresent her vote on the mandatory transvaginal ultrasound bill, hoping voters simplywouldn’t notice. But voters have noticed that Comstock obscures her record by highlighting her support for uncontroversial, symbolic bills while hiding away all of her ideological, Tea Party votes, which is why recent polling showed Murphy up by 3 points in this very winnable race.
Let’s give Kathleen Murphy a boost over the finish line and make sure that she can get her message out this last weekend of the election! Donate to Kathleen Murphy, andyou can also donate to the Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington Action Fund to support our electoral and legislative advocacy.
Following her embarrassing campaign ad, in a recent mailer, Comstock tried to highlight her 2012 vote for H.B. 83 to prove her dedication to cancer screenings for women. However, H.B. 83 was only a simple bill that required mammogram providers to provide information about further testing for patients with dense breast tissue. It was passed unanimously in both houses and provided no money to help poor women actually get breast cancer screenings. When it came to funding, however, Comstock voted against an amendment to the 2013 budget bill (H.B. 1500) that would have provided $200,000 to women’s health centers to fund their breast cancer screenings, claiming she wanted to keep the funding for the Virginia Department of Health’s program. Then she turned around and was one of only 17 delegates to vote against the whole budget, which included the screening program funding, because of her opposition to Medicaid expansion that would provide 400,000 uninsured low-income Virginians with necessary health insurance.
The Washington Post also noticed Comstock’s misdirection, and endorsed Murphy, noting that Comstock has “one of the most ideologically rigid voting records in Richmond” and that she “has managed to obscure her record . . .Voters in her district shouldn’t be fooled.”If that wasn’t enough, Comstock continued to misrepresent her transvaginal ultrasound vote in a recent McLean candidate forum. She claimed she was only voting for the government to require a transabdominal ultrasound (which Murphy also opposes) when she voted last year for H.B. 462, even though House Democrats clearly educated their colleagues before the vote on the bill’s consequences. A Washington Post story describedComstock’s dismissive approach to a serious women’s health issue thusly “’Unlike my opponent, I would not vote for transvaginal ultrasounds, especially not for rape victims,’ Murphy said at one point, referring to a proposal that would have required women considering an abortion to undergo the invasive procedure. Comstock guffawed and said Murphy distorted her record on women’s health issues.”
Let’s all band together to elect someone who doesn’t laugh about the government infringing on women’s liberty. Kathleen Murphy will make us proud in Richmond. Please forward this to anyone you know in Mclean, Great Falls, Wolf Trap, or anywhere else in northern Fairfax County and northeastern Loudon county to get the word out.
Keep on Fighting for Women’s Health,
Public and Legislative Affairs Manager
Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington Action Fund
Get Ready to Get Angry: Then Give to Atif QarniSubheading: 13th District Delegate race is Within Reach, Let’s Fire Bob Marshall!
Bob Marshall is the leading abortion criminalizer in Virginia. Every year, he devises a new way to disrespect women and their rights by introducing new offensive legislation. In 2012, he was the lead sponsor of “personhood” legislation, which could outlaw birth control, fertility treatments, miscarriage management, and safe, legal abortion. He also claims credit for drafting the Hyde Amendment and he was the lead sponsor of Virginia’s2006 voter-approved constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages and civil unions.
The Washington Post, in its endorsement of Marshall’s opponent, Atif Qarni, sums it up aptly. “Marshall has a well-earned reputation as a culture warrior more interested in right-wing doctrine than in his constituents. His contempt for homosexuals is surpassed only by his disregard for women who have abortions; he suggested that G-d exacts vengeance on women who abort their fetuses by assuring that their next pregnancy will produce a disabled child.” Iraq War veteran Qarni also released recent polling showing him down only 3 points, a +13 point shift in his favor since the last poll, and Daily Kos has recently brought its prodigious fundraising machine to raise money for him. This race is within reach.
Please help us Fire Bob Marshall by helping to fund Atif Qarni’s Get Out the Vote program for this weekend! You can also donate to the Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington Action Fund if you liked the alert to support our important electoral and legislative advocacy.
Atif Qarni has demonstrated his commitment to public service by serving in the Marine Corps and working as a Prince William County public school teacher for the past five years. Qarni has said “he will defend liberty and keep government out of family planning decision” and that “families should make their own decisions about when to have children.” He will also fight to repeal the constitutional amendment and to extend full andequal recognition to same-sex marriages.
Below is a list of the other offensive things Bob Marshall has done since his election in 1991. Shouldn’t we protect Virginians from Bob Marshall by tossing him out of office?
*He voted for the government to require a mandatory transvaginal ultrasound before being allowed to access an abortion, and to eliminate public funding for low-income women who need abortions when there is a fetal anomaly. (HB 462, HB 62, 2012)
**He also voted to eliminate $910,000 in funding for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative, which funded programs that provided sex education and birth control to young women across the state, including in Alexandria. (HB 1301, Hope Amendment to Item 296#h, 2012)
*”Marshall opposes all abortion, no exceptions. A raped woman who chooses to abort is a ‘sin-bearer,’ he says, who puts her own ‘embarrassment’ before the rights of the fetus. And incest, well, that’s ‘sometimes voluntary.’” (Newport News Daily Press, 2012)
*”He’s campaigned for years against funding Planned Parenthood, because pushing all that contraception and reproductive care the way it does is just ‘unethical, immoral and racist.’” (Newport News Daily Press, 2012)
*He called Obamacare “forcible economic rape” in an amicus brief to the Supreme Court (2012).
*He led the effort to defeat a Richmond gay judge’s nomination, and defended himself byquestioning the judge’s impartiality, saying, "if you have a bar room fight between a homosexual and heterosexual I’m concerned about possible bias," and adding, “sodomy is not a civil right." (CNN, 20112)
* He called homosexuality a “disordered behavior,” asserted that same-sex attraction wasequivalent to pedophilia, necrophilia and bestiality, and argued that homosexual behavioris bad for the economy, “shortens lives, adds significantly to illness” and “increases health costs.” (Fox, 2011; Baltimore Sun LTE, 2011; Hampton Roads Pilot, 2011)
*In response to the Sandy Hook massacre, he called for requiring school districts to arm designated teachers with concealed handguns, and just this year, he sponsored a bill that would prohibit state employees from helping to enforce any new federal gun laws. (Washington Post, 2012; HB 2340, 2013)
So, after reading that, are you angry yet? Because I know I got angry just compiling that list. Please take that anger and click Donate to Atif Qarni and help bring us one step closer to a General Assembly without Bob Marshall.
We’re almost there,
Public and Legislative Affairs Manager
Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington Action Fund
Barbara Comstock “Works for Extremists”; Vote for Kathleen Murphy! By Noah Mamber, PPMWAF Public and Legislative Affairs Manager
Virginia Del. Barbara Comstock (R-34) recently released an ad, “Works for Us,” designed to appeal to women, which suggests she’s aware she may have a problem turning women out on Election Day. In the ad, Comstock surrounds herself with women, and has women talking about issues that her high-paid campaign consultants no doubt told her “women will like.” There are 13 separate shots of women in the 31 second ad, and 5 of the 7 speakers are women or girls.
The thing is, this ad suggests that Barbara Comstock thinks you’re stupid, i.e., that featuring women, and highlighting a leadership program for young women and her support for “telework” will make you forget her actual voting record and get your vote. But you, members of the PPMWAF community, will not fall for her sleight-of-hand, and you know that a delegate’s actual statements and votes on women’s health mean more than a soft, pretty ad. In truth, Barbara Comstock actually “Works for Extremists” and not for us.
For a true champion of women’s health in the 34th District, vote for Kathleen Murphy, and donate to her.
Let’s break down the ad.
In addition to using women’s voices and images to highlight her platform positions, she mentions her development of a leadership program in order to demonstrate her support for young women. However, more than a 23 member program, what would actually support young women and their aspirations would be to vote in their interests and respect their rights and their health. As her extremist record shows, Barbara Comstock does not respect young women enough to make their own health decisions. She has led the charge to deny women their rights since her election in 2009, voting virtually every time against women’s health and liberty.
* Last year, she voted for “personhood”, which would interfere with personal, private, medical decisions and possibly ban birth control, fertility treatment, miscarriages, and access to safe and legal abortion. (HB 1, 2012)
*She voted last year for the government to require a mandatory transvaginal ultrasound before being allowed to access an abortion. (HB 462, 2012)
*She also voted last year to eliminate public funding for low-income women who need abortions when there is a severe fetal anomaly. (HB 62, 2012)
*She voted to repeal the HPV vaccine law, which provided free access to the vaccine for low income young women without health insurance. (HB 1112, 2012)
*She voted to eliminate $455,000 in funding for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative, which funded programs that provided sex education and birth control to young women across the state, including in Alexandria. (HB 1301, Hope Amendment to Item 296#3h, 2012)
*She voted to enable the pernicious Targeted Restrictions of Abortion Provider (TRAP) law, a “backdoor ban” on abortion which has since used medically unnecessary requirements for hallway width and parking spots to close down health centers across the state. (HB 924, 2011)
*She has also stated she wants to overturn Roe v. Wade (Hardball, 2008)
Does this sound like someone who has the best interests of young women at heart?
Not to mention, Comstock moves beyond misdirection and blatantly lies about her record in the ad’s other claims. As the blog, Blue Virginia, points out, she touts education funding, when in reality she has a long history of voting to de-fund public education, including against the very provisions she mentions. She also tries to take credit for bringing a “funded sound wall" to the district. In fact, that wall was a county project that Fairfax County Board of Supervisors member John Foust (D) delivered, and Comstock had nothing to do with it.
Comstock, who made her name at the Bush Department of Justice’s Public Affair Department denying reporters information on the aggressive tactics in the War on Terror, and who assisted then-Majority Leader Tom Delay on a host of ethics problems and chaired Scooter Libby’s defense fund, is being challenged by staunch women’s health supporter, Kathleen Murphy. Murphy received a 100% score from the Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington Action Fund and believes that the government shouldn’t get between a woman and her doctor. Please donate to her campaign and RSVP to attend our fundraiser for her and Jennifer Boysko at 11:30am on Thursday, October 10 at the Women’s National Democratic Club in Dupont Circle.
Please forward this post to anyone you know in Mclean, Great Falls, Wolf Trap, or anywhere else in northern Fairfax County and northeastern Loudon county, and post this information on Facebook, so we can get the word out: Barbara Comstock does not “Work for Us,” she “Works for Extremists.”
Contributions and gifts to political candidates – or to Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington Action Fund – are not tax deductible. Paid for by Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington Action Fund. Authorized by Kathleen Murphy, candidate for Delegate.