Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia committed $3 million to help elect Democrat Governor Ralph Northam, who is currently embroiled in controversy for remarks on post-birth abortion, The Washington Post reported during the campaign.
In its August 2, 2017 article, “Va. arm of Planned Parenthood to spend $3 million backing Northam for governor,” The Washington Post reported:
“Planned Parenthood's Virginia affiliate plans to spend $3 million to help elect Democrat Ralph Northam as the state's next governor.
“The organization's Virginia political action committee, working with Northam, plans to deploy canvassers to knock on 300,000 doors, send mailers to 400,000 homes and run digital and radio ads.”
On October 13, 2017, Planned Parenthood Action Fund posted a blog titled “The 6 Things You Should Know About Ed Gillespie,” which warned that the Republican candidate wanted to defund Planned Parenthood:
- “He wants to ‘defund’ Planned Parenthood,”
- “He wants to overturn Roe v. Wade,”
- “He holds extreme views on birth control,”
- “He’s a TRAP [Targeted Restrictions on Abortions] champion,”
- “He’s against the ACA [Affordable Care Act/Obamacare]
- “He’s on ‘the Trump train”
Gov. Northam sparked public outrage this week for comments he made, which suggested post-birth abortions would be legal if his new abortion bill passed. On Wednesday, Gov. Northam said that, under a bill he supports, a baby born alive could be “kept comfortable” and then “resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired” – the implication being that the baby could be left to die if the family decided they did not want to keep their child.