McAuliffe pounces on Texas abortion law to drive Virginia governor race

McAuliffe pounces on Texas abortion law to drive Virginia governor race


The restrictive Texas “heartbeat” law that effectively bans abortions after six weeks is fueling Democrat Terry McAuliffe’s Virginia gubernatorial campaign against Republican Glenn Youngkin.

“If Glenn Youngkin is elected and he gets the House here, there is a good chance we will see Virginia go the way of Texas, and women will lose their rights here in the Commonwealth of Virginia,” McAuliffe, a former Virginia governor seeking a second nonconsecutive term, said in a press call last week.

“We’re at ground zero for this. I am running against an individual who is probably the most anti-choice women’s candidate in the history of Virginia.”

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The Supreme Court last week declined to block the Texas law, which bans abortions if medical workers have “detected a fetal heartbeat for the unborn child” and allows individuals to file civil lawsuits against anyone who provides abortions or “aids or abets” such

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