RICHMOND, VA, July 31, 2013 ( – Pro-life and pro-abortion groups have made the Virginia governor's race their must-win battle, a front that intensified as the state Democratic Party accused pro-life Republican Ken Cuccinelli of waging a “war on abortion” in a new ad spot.


“Ken Cuccinelli is on a mission. He wants to overturn Roe v. Wade in Virginia, to make all abortions illegal,” says the new 30-second advertisement.

The ad also accuses the state attorney general of trying to “bully” a state health board into adopting provisions requiring abortion facilities to meet the same medical standards as other surgical units.

“Ken Cuccinelli: He's focused on his own agenda, not us,” the spot concludes.

Abortion groups have pulled out all the stops in Virginia to prevent Cuccinelli's election. NARAL Pro-Choice America has listed the election as a top priority, with NARAL President Ilyse Hogue slamming Cuccinelli's support for crisis pregnancy centers, which offer assistance to women who want to keep their babies.

“Like all Americans, the people of Virginia want a leader for their state who focuses on strengthening the economy and restoring jobs. Instead, Ken Cuccinelli’s priorities are finding creative ways to fund these clinics that lie to women about their reproductive choices,” said Hogue. “Women need to count on access to reproductive health care and accurate information from credible health facilities as a baseline to lead our busy lives.”

The Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC have also teamed up with Cuccinelli's  Democratic opponent, Terry McAuliffe, to launch a new attack website, Keep Ken Out.

Other abortion advocates joined the fray, as well. Last summer, – a play on the pro-life leader’s name and a vulgar biological term – stated it would post Cuccinelli’s upcoming public appearances, so pro-abortion protesters could follow him.


“The Cooch has been keeping an eye on your vagina, so now we’re going to keep an eye on him,” the website said.

Political experts believe both the Virginia race, and the issue of abortion, will be a pivotal measure of the nation's political environment leading into the next presidential race.

A new poll conducted by former Clinton pollster Stanley Greenberg's firm found that abortion is a motivating issue for “drop-off women,” women who vote in presidential elections but not other contests. The survey, taken on behalf of NARAL, found 83 percent of such women said abortion is important, and 44 percent said it was “very important.”

Pollster Drew Lieberman said abortion is unlikely “to be a bigger issue than jobs or the economy or transportation, but it’s not an issue at the margins. It is fundamental.”

Unmarried female voters proved a key constituency in President Obama's 2012 victory over Mitt Romney. Greenberg noted that 79 percent of the “drop-off” females his group interviewed voted for Barack Obama.

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The Clinton ties abound in the Virginia hustings. McAuliffe himself is a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee with close ties to the Clinton family.

David Bossie of Citizens United told Fox News on Sunday that the race is “a prelude to Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign.”