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McDonnell, Bolling, Cuccinelli react to Planned Parenthood push

Virginia's top three elected officials -- all Republicans -- expressed support Thursday for an effort by religious leaders to eliminate any state money that goes to Planned Parenthood, a health care organization that provides abortions.

Here are some responses from their offices:

"Lieutenant Governor Bolling does not believe that public funds should be used to pay for abortions, nor does he believe that public funds should be used to support organizations that provide abortions, such as Planned Parenthood. In fact, in 2007 the Lieutenant Governor cast the deciding vote in the Senate to withhold public funds from Planned Parenthood. His position has not changed."

Ibbie Hedrick, spokeswoman for Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling

"Attorney General Cuccinelli supports withholding state funds for Planned Parenthood. It is Constitutional for state money to go to third party contractors, but just because it is Constitutional does not mean that it is a good policy and state funding of Planned Parenthood is a bad policy. Attorney General Cuccinelli supports the overall goal of this group, but does not plan to sign a petition." Dan Dodds, spokesman for Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli

The petition referred to in the response from Cuccinelli's office is a document the religious consortium is circulatng.

Among its prominent signatories are Virginia Beach-based religious broadcaster Pat Robertson and Jonathan Falwell, son of Liberty University founder Jerry Falwell.

Another noteworthy public figure who plans to sign the petition is Gov. Bob McDonnell, a spokeswoman for the governor said Thursday evening.

-- Julian Walker

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The Bought Man

By now it is no secret that Bob McDonnell is Pat Robertson's puppet. How the heck do you think this will go down? Pat put him in office and Bobby will kneel down in reverence to him and his wishes. Disgusting!


I am amazed at the hypocrisy surrounding the abortion debate. On one hand we tell young people to abstain from having sex until they are married. While some do abstain , the facts show that far too many are sexually active by the age of 15.
Then if they get pregnant , we tell them don't kill the baby. But then we turn right around and complain about government spending!

Hello McFly !! Governments spend money on people. Want to cut government spending? Educate our youth on birth control so they never have to face the stressful decision as to whether to have a child they aren't prepared to care for or have an abortion!

If we don't want to educate our children about birth control because of religious reasons then shut up and render unto Caesar all the taxes he asks for so these children , both new mom and new baby, can be cared for . We can't have it both ways.

Why am I not surprised?

Three wealthy white Republican Christianist males all supporting yanking funds from an organization that provides health care to low-income, often minority women. Wow, what a shocker...NOT. It disgusts me how quick these self-righteous jerks are to throw women's health under the bus. Yes, PP provides abortions on occasion. So do hospitals, and nobody's trying to pull their Medicare or Medicaid funds. But what McDonnell et. al. can't seem to get their heads around is that PP also provides vital things like pap smears, cancer screenings, prenatal care, birth control, and sex education to women who otherwise might not have any access to these services. Shame on them all.

Just for the record, I didn't vote for a single one of these men because I knew this very thing would happen. This is what we get when the sheeple vote Pat Robertson's puppets into office.

mcd, bolling, cuccinelli

Let's face the facts, those 3 are anti everything except, guns, guns and more guns. Just what VA needs more guns roaming the streets of our neighborhoods. As far as I'm concerned this is nothing but total stupidity.

Additional comments by Del. Marshall

According to the Newsleader in Shenandoah, during the same press conference cited above: "RICHMOND — State Delegate Bob Marshall of Manassas says disabled children are God's punishment to women who have aborted their first pregnancy. He made that statement Thursday at a press conference to oppose state funding for Planned Parenthood.
"The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children," said Marshall, a Republican.
"In the Old Testament, the first born of every being, animal and man, was dedicated to the Lord. There's a special punishment Christians would suggest."

I wonder if the attorney general and our governor agree with these statements as well? I wonder if all of the people in Del. Marshall's district who are raising children with disabilities consider them to be a "punishment from God"?


Does that mean Sarah Palin is being punished by her own God?

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