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Planned Parenthood, Democrats team up to attack Ken Cuccinelli in new mailer

Ben Johnson

RICHMOND, VA, August 13, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – As part of an ongoing electoral collaboration, Planned Parenthood and the Democratic Party have again teamed up to paint Ken Cuccinelli as an extremist on abortion.

The new mailing brands Cuccinelli “extremely dangerous for women,” because he would restrict “access to safe and legal abortion.” 

The campaign attack highlights the Republican state attorney general's commitment to defunding Planned Parenthood. The abortion provider also chides Cuccinelli for his opposition to abortion-on-demand and for supporting new regulations that force abortion facilities to meet the same standards as other surgical centers – something the flyer said would result in “shutting down women's health centers.”

"Ken is way out there," it warns.

The two-sided flyer is produced by Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC and paid for by the Democratic Party of Virginia. The two groups have worked together closely during the closely watched contest.

The campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe also worked with Planned Parenthood to launch a website, “Keep Ken Out,” devoted to attacking the Republican candidate for his pro-life views.

But, according to Cuccinelli spokeswoman Anna Nix, McAuliffe is the true extremist for supporting “taxpayer funded abortions, abortion up to the moment of birth, and abortion for sex selection.” 

The latest attack comes just days after NARAL Virginia released undercover audio of volunteers at crisis pregnancy centers purportedly telling “lies” to pregnant women. Adam Cassandra of Human Life International noted, the audio “contains zero falsehoods.”

Cuccinelli has been a strong advocate of crisis pregnancy centers, as well as promoting adoption over abortion. His strong conservative credentials have made him Planned Parenthood's most-hated candidate.

Political observers are watching the race closely for signs about the electorate in the lead-up to the 2016 elections. Virginia, increasingly a political swing state, tipped narrowly toward Barack Obama in 2012, due largely to the influence of unmarried female voters.

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