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“An Explosive Announcement”: Ed Gillespie’s Anti-Woman Pledge Shocks Virginia


by Prateek Mishra

“An Explosive Announcement”: Ed Gillespie’s Anti-Woman Pledge Shocks Virginia

Gillespie’s Extreme Position on Defunding Planned Parenthood Is Already Hurting Him With Voters

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The fallout from Ed Gillespie’s recent admission that he would both defund Planned Parenthood and campaign with Vice President Mike Pence has upended the race for Governor — and put Gillespie’s anti-woman agenda front and center. Bustle called the pledge to defund Planned Parenthood “anexplosive announcement” given that Gillespie has dodged the question for years, while Rewire reported that “Gillespie’s threat to defund Planned Parenthood is far from hollow in a state with a legislature dominated by anti-choice Republicans”

Most ominously for the Gillespie campaign, reporters noted that Gillespie’s pledge to defund Planned Parenthood is set to haunt him for the rest of the campaign. As Fox 5’s Ronica Cleary noted, Gillespie’s newest position is set to be a top concern with voters, staying that “when voters go to the ballot they are certainly thinking about it because, depending on who the governor is, this issue [of Planned Parenthood defunding] could become very real.”

Read the coverage of Gillespie's newest position:

WTTG: FOX, DC
“The Northam campaign believes that this is the first time we’re seeing Gillespie go on the record through this cell phone video saying that he would defund Planned Parenthood. So why does it matter to you on the state level? Well, to be clear, Terry McAuliffe, Virginia’s governor, has had the opportunity not once but twice to veto bills that attempted to defund Planned Parenthood in the state of Virginia. So when voters go to the ballot they are certainly thinking about it because, depending on who the governor is, this issue could become very real.”

Bustle: Ed Gillespie Would Defund Planned Parenthood In Virginia
“Virginia's G.O.P. candidate for governor Ed Gillespie told a Planned Parenthood volunteer on Wednesday evening that he would defund Planned Parenthood if elected to Virginia's top office, an explosive announcement given that Gillespie has dodged the question for years.”

National Journal: Gillespie Supports Defunding Planned Parenthood:
Former RNC Chair Ed Gillespie (R) said Wednesday that he “would sign a bill that does not have taxpayer funding go to Planned Parenthood,” according to avideo released by a spokeswoman for Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam’s (D) campaign.

Daily Kos: Ed Gillespie Caught On Tape “I Wouldn’t Sign A Bill That Includes Tax-payer Funding For PPVA”
“Republican candidate for Virginia Governor Ed Gillespie held a “Women for Ed” event August 2 in Hanover, VA.  Supporters of Planned Parenthood demonstrated outside of the venue to bring awareness of his failure to support affordable healthcare for Virginians.  One demonstrator went inside though and got him on record stating that he would, indeed, defund PPVirginia.”

GayRVA: Ed Gillespie Says He Will Defund Planned Parenthood In Virginia
“The speculation is over. For the first time, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie has gone on record in opposition to Planned Parenthood.”

Blue Virginia: Video: Ed Gillespie Says He Would Defund Planned Parenthood In Virginia
Today, Ed Gillespie finally set the record straight on how far he will go to undermine a woman’s right to choose in the Commonwealth.

Rewire: Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC Makes Big Investment In Gubernatorial Race
Planned Parenthood’s endorsement of Northam comes just one day after a supporter of the group confronted Republican candidate Ed Gillespie about whether he would defund the provider should he be elected governor. Gillespie’s threat to defund Planned Parenthood is far from hollow in a state with a legislature dominated by anti-choice Republicans.

Inside Nova: Planned Parenthood Advocates Endorse Northam At Manassas Campaign Stop
Just a day before the Manassas gathering, Republican Ed Gillespie (a former lobbyist and political strategist) pledged to sign a bill denying Planned Parenthood clinics state tax dollars--a position that frustrated women’s health advocates.  

The Hill: Virginia Planned Parenthood Backs Dem In Governor’s Race
Planned Parenthood criticized Gillespie's comments in the video postedThursday, saying: “A Governor Gillespie would mean four years of dangerous attacks against the essential health care women in Virginia rely on.”

WCVE: Planned Parenthood Supports Ralph Northam 
Details of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia's campaign support were first reported in Politico and came a day after Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie was filmed telling Planned Parenthood protesters he'd sign a bill to block the group from receiving Virginia tax payer funds.

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