For Immediate Release
Date: April 6, 2017
Contact: Ofirah Yheskel, firstname.lastname@example.org
RELEASE: Northam, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Slam Gillespie’s Extreme Anti-Choice Position
Alexandria, VA – This week, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie made the extreme anti-choice statement that he would like to see abortion “banned.” This afternoon, Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam toured Annandale Women’s & Family Center, a women’s health clinic in Alexandria, with NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Executive Director Tarina Keene, to highlight the importance of electing a pro-choice candidate as Virginia’s next governor.
Tarina Keene spoke about Ed Gillespie’s recent comments, and Ralph Northam’s record of defending reproductive rights.
“Ed Gillespie’s extreme comments have raised the stakes in this election for women across the Commonwealth — their healthcare will be on the line if he makes it to the governor’s mansion,” said Tarina Keene, Executive Director, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia. “That’s why we need a principled, progressive leader in Richmond who will never and has never wavered on defending women’s reproductive rights, and that’s Ralph Northam. With women’s rights and health already on the line under the Trump administration, we can’t afford to elect a governor who will take a page out of the Trump playbook.”
Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam said of the visit, “Ed Gillespie should stick to what he knows best: how to navigate the D.C. swamp to help millionaires and corporations, because when it comes to women’s health, he doesn’t know what he is talking about. Clearly, he is emboldened by the rhetoric and actions of the Trump administration. Any calls to ban abortion are shocking, and show no understanding of women’s health. The only thing we should ban is these types of views from the Governor’s office. As governor, I’ll continue to be a brick wall against these attacks on women’s reproductive rights.”