Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the political arm of the national family planning provider, launched a series of web ads on Wednesday that aim to keep Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli out of the governor's office.
The ads highlight Cuccinelli's record on women's health issues as part of the group's "Keep Ken Out" campaign. Cuccinelli, a Republican, has vocally opposed abortion rights as attorney general, without exceptions for rape, incest or when the woman's health is in danger. He has also been accused of strong-arming the state's Board of Health into passing a set of physical building requirements for abortion clinics that could shut down most of the clinics in the state.
PPAF's web ads show an image of Cuccinelli popping up in places "where he doesn't belong," such as weddings and doctors' offices. The script reads:
That Ken Cuccinelli. He’s running for governor, and he keeps showing up where he doesn't belong. He’s trying to put himself in the middle of our most personal decisions. He sponsored legislation to end funding for Planned Parenthood and Ken Cuccinelli wants to make abortion illegal even in cases of rape, incest, or when the woman’s health is in danger. To keep Ken out of your doctor’s office, keep him out of the governor's mansion.
In addition to rolling out the web ads, PPAF is holding a rally on Saturday at the Virginia Republican Convention in Richmond, where the group's official birth control pill mascot, Pillamina, will make an appearance.
“Keeping Ken Cuccinelli out of the Virginia Governor’s mansion is one of our top priorities,” Cecile Richards, president of PPAF, said in a statement. “Building on our successful 2012 electoral work in Virginia, we plan to educate thousands of voters about Ken Cuccinelli’s dangerous agenda for women’s health and economic security."
The issue of women's reproductive rights will likely be a major factor in Cuccinelli's race against Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe. The anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List's pro-Cuccinelli PAC, called "Women Speak Out Virginia," already launched a series of ads painting McAuliffe as "extreme" in his support for abortion rights.