|RICHMOND, Va. – With his promise yesterday to sign a bill to defund Planned Parenthood, Ed Gillespie joins white-collar defense attorney John Adams, the Republican candidate for Attorney General, in his insistence on blocking access to women’s health and reproductive care.
Adams has a long history of working to restrict women’s access to quality, affordable health care and limiting women’s rights to have control over their health care decisions. He twice went to the U.S. Supreme Court to limit women’s access to birth control, including in the infamous Hobby Lobby case, in which he argued that a woman’s employer should decide whether she has access to contraception.
Adams also holds extreme, right-wing views on abortion, opposing a woman’s right to choose in all instances, including in cases of rape or incest, and has advocated for a 20-week abortion ban. He even said the “legal underpinnings of Roe v. Wade are really questionable” and called for “four more Clarence Thomases” on the Supreme Court to help reverse such decisions. Adams pledged to uphold burdensome and unnecessary TRAP laws that have no other purpose aside from limiting women’s reproductive freedom, even though similar laws have been ruled unconstitutional.
“Ed Gillespie could not have dreamed of a better ally than John Adams to help him restrict women’s reproductive freedom and limit access to women’s health care,” said DPVA spokeswoman Katie Baker. “John Adams will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with extreme, right-wing Republicans who want to defund Planned Parenthood and ban abortion. Virginia women know John Adams cannot be trusted to fight for them, and that’s why we’ll vote to re-elect Mark Herring, who has a proven record of standing up and fighting back against attacks on women’s health and reproductive rights.”