Medicine should trump politics
October 22, 2012
Jeff Schapiro editorializes in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, "Karen Remley's resignation as health commissioner in a perceived protest over Virginia's crackdown on abortion clinics means there's one less woman in Gov. Bob McDonnell's binder. Her departure this past week could not have come at a worse time for McDonnell: the final stage of a bitter struggle, in which the guy Mitt Romney passed over for VP is frequently front and center, to prevent a Barack Obama repeat in Virginia that could decide the presidency. Remley's resignation is the latest Richmond-specific data point in a string of them since winter that further perfects the record of GOP hostility for abortion rights, putting Republicans at a further disadvantage with those Virginians whose votes, according to public polls, count the most this year: women, in particular, those in the suburbs."
Progressive Point: Politicians should never interfere in the private health care decisions that should be between a woman, her family, and her faith. It's deplorable that Attorney General Cuccinelli and Governor McDonnell are attacking women's health, restricting access to health clinics, threatening to criminalize some forms of birth control and trying to mandate transvaginal ultrasounds. Now they have compromised the ability of dedicated Virginia public servants to promote the health of all Virginians.
It's never been clearer that McDonnell and Cuccinelli's regulations are designed to limit access to safe and legal abortion in the Commonwealth. We need leaders who share our values, who will focus on the issues important to us, and who put our needs above these divisive and harmful political agendas. Cuccinelli and McDonnell should be ashamed of what their right-wing agenda and bullying of the Board of Health has cost Virginia.
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