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VA Gov. Candidate Ed Gillespie: “would like to see abortion banned”

With President Trump in the White House, Republicans across the country are feeling emboldened to go even further in their attacks on women’s rights and equality.

Exhibit A: Ed Gillespie, an anti-choice Republican running to be governor of Virginia in the first major race after 2016—and our newest Dirty, Rotten, Sexist Scoundrel.

Considered the front-runner for the GOP nomination, Gillespie has wasted no time in flaunting his right-wing bona fides. This includes Gillespie’s recent comments that  he “would like to see abortion be banned.” That’s right, he said abortion should be “banned,” full-stop. When it comes to the threat posed to women’s health and our most basic rights, it doesn’t get any clearer than that.

Gillespie’s outrageous proposal is a sign of the continued rightward lurch of a Republican Party that is increasingly hostile to women and families. Gillespie is a former Republican National Committee chair who also served as an adviser to former President George W. Bush. The fact that he is now basing his campaign for governor on a promise to end abortion tells you all you need to know about how out-of-touch the Republican Party has become.

Gillespie is a terrifying example of how Donald Trump’s blatantly anti-woman, anti-choice, anti-family agenda is trickling down to states across the country. Trump’s rise has emboldened anti-choice ideologues who seek to roll-back our most basic rights—and Ed Gillespie is just the beginning.

We can’t let that happen. Seven in 10 Americans believe that abortion should be legal and accessible, and the same number do not want Roe v. Wade overturned. We need to make sure Dirty, Rotten, Sexist Scoundrels like Ed Gillespie know their views do not reflect the will of the people.

This out-of-touch agenda from Republican leaders is why NARAL and NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia are proud to endorse Ralph Northam in his campaign for governor. Ralph is a progressive champion who has always fought for women and families across the state. From his earliest run for public office to his effort to lead the fight against the invasive trans-vaginal ultrasound law, Ralph has always been a leader when it comes to defending Virginians’ reproductive freedom.

Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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