When it comes to issues facing the gubernatorial Virginia election, abortion deserves to have more of a spotlight. Specifically, it’s the abortion extremism of Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Terry McAuliffe, and those who support his campaign, which needs to be addressed.

McAuliffe, who served as governor from 2013-2017 has taken to bragging about his stance on abortion, specifically when it comes to being “a brick wall” on any regulations or restrictions against it.

He used the phrase in October 2013, while on the campaign trail. The ad which mentions the “brick wall” line also included an exchange between McAuliffe and a woman, with McAuliffe saying “I would support stopping any restrictions,” when asked “as governor, would you oppose any restrictions on my right to an abortion at any time?”

A September 25, 2013 blog post from then-president of the National Organization of Women, Terry O’Neill, mentioned that “Terry McAuliffe is providing a clear contrast to a candidate with a record of attacks on women’s rights, Ken Cuccinelli.

As governor, McAuliffe vetoed legislation in 2016 and 2017 to defund Planned Parenthood, which performs more abortions than any other entity in the country. At a 2017 veto ceremony, McAuliffe used that “brick wall” line when referring to the Executive Mansion. Abortion advocates from Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, and Progress Virginia were present at the ceremony, as was Ralph Northam, the current governor of Virginia who was serving as the lieutenant governor at the time.

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