Tell Virginia to Keep Hands Off Women’s Healthcare

Target: Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli

Goal: Tell Virginia’s Attorney General to respect the will of the American people and the women of his state by honoring President Obama’s healthcare law

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli recently told an Iowa-based radio show that opponents of the federal mandate for contraception coverage in President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) should be willing to “go to jail” to fight the law. The likely Republican nominee in Virginia’s gubernatorial race has been aggressive in pursuing legislation that limits women’s healthcare rights. He was one of the supporters of the controversial effort to mandate vaginally invasive ultrasound exams before all abortions.

A federal law suit by Hobby Lobby has been filed against the contraception mandate. The company says they are concerned about coverage for the morning-after pill, which some consider an “abortion-causing drug.” Cuccinelli calls the mandate an attack on the Roman Catholic Church.

A devout Catholic, Cuccinelli told the radio show that opponents of the mandate should put the controversial measure to the test. Cuccinelli recounted an exchange where he told his own bishop to embrace civil disobedience: “My local bishop said, ‘Well, you know I told a group I’m ready to go to jail.’ And I said, ‘Bishop, don’t take this personally: You need to go to jail.’”

Cuccinelli has taken a series of other steps to limit abortion rights and challenge the provisions of Obamacare.

Tell Ken Cuccinelli to leave women’s healthcare decisions alone.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Cuccinelli,

President Obama’s Affordable Care Act was upheld by the highest and most honorable court in the United States. President Obama was also handily reelected in 2012. It is clear that most Americans support this law and its provisions. Your attack on women’s rights will only further splinter the already-struggling Republican Party, not to mention deny important services to women who need them.

We understand skepticism based on your own faith, but there is no need for you to impose this skepticism on the people of your state in the form of denying rights that have been laid out by the law. Please leave women’s healthcare decisions in the hands of those directly involved with such decisions, and respect the will of the voters, the President, Congress, and the Supreme Court.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

photo credit: Gage Skidmore via Creative Commons 3.0 License

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