October 12, 2022 News & Press Releases

DEBATE SPECIAL: Kiggans Support Policies That Are Bad for Business

by Democratic Party of Virginia

Richmond, VA  Jen Kiggans’ extreme agenda is bad for business. Her support of discriminatory, hateful, and far-right policies are driving businesses away from Virginia. 

This summer, Virginia lost its best state for business ranking under Republican leadership. States that have passed discriminatory anti-LGBTQ and anti-abortion laws like Georgia have seen a decrease in businesses moving there – but that’s not stopping Jen Kiggans from pushing her extreme agenda. 

Kiggans has spearheaded anti-LGBTQ policies in the Virginia Senate – attacking some of the most vulnerable and young members of the community and remaining silent when Virginia Republicans voted against removing the same-sex marriage ban from Virginia’s Constitution and making Virginia a less welcoming place for businesses to move to. 

When the Supreme Court opinion signaled that same-sex marriage and contraceptives could be targeted, House Republicans — including all Virginia Republicans — voted against bills that would protect same-sex marriage, interracial marriage, and Virginians' ability to access birth control, Jen Kiggans remained silent again in the face of these shocking votes. 

This falls in line with her outdated, out-of-touch platform. Kiggans supports a nationwide abortion ban. Her long record of anti-abortion extremism is a danger to women across the Commonwealth. She’s voted for a vile anti-abortion amendment aimed at restricting crucial funds for reproductive health care that will disproportionately impact low-income Virginians, promoted false claims about “infanticide,” and consistently voted against legislation to expand access to reproductive health care – hurting business prospects from moving to Virginia. 

“Jen Kiggans’ far-right discriminatory policies are bad for business,” said DPVA Spokesperson Gianni Snidle. “Kiggans’ willingness to turn back the clock to a time when women were second-class citizens and it was illegal to marry the person you love won’t just hurt Coastal Virginians, it'll hurt Virginia’s economy.”