Tuesday, April 23, 2013

"Women for Ken" - A Potrait in Extremism

Ken "Kookinelli" Cuccinelli may be the most extreme main party candidate yo run for governor in the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia.  And now equally extreme groups are popping up with a goal of making Kookinelli seem like a rational normal guy who is even supported by women, a group he seeks to marginalize almost as much as LGBT Virginians and minority voters.  One such ridiculous group is "Women for Ken."   A look at who the organizers of the group are and the extremist positions they hold reveals that these women are just as crazy as Kookinelli and support policies that ought to make sane Virginians cringe, especially women who want to have a say over the control of their own bodies.   American Bridge profiles some of the Todd Akin loving extremist of the group.  Here are excerpts:

Recently, Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli announced the support of “Women for Ken.” Considering Cuccinelli’s record on issues of importance to Virginia women, the organization is reminiscent of the “Women for Akin” group that backed the Missouri Congressman even after he infamously claimed “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

A closer examination of the list reveals that the comparison is apt – among the list of Cuccinelli supporters one will find some of the same women who rushed forward to defend Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, who called a pregnancy resulting from rape “something that God intended.” It’s not surprising that they place Cuccinelli in the same company.

Many of these women have been affiliated with the organizations and candidates who are most adamant about denying women the opportunity to make decisions about their own body or curtailing their access to health care. The list also includes the sponsor of the Virginia legislation that would have required women to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound before they could have an abortion.

The “Women for Ken” have made clear that they support Cuccinelli because he shares their views on the treatment on Virginia women and families. It’s worth keeping in mind what he had to do to earn the support of people like this.

KATHY BYRON: Byron Sponsored Virginia Bill Requiring Women To Receive Transvaginal Ultrasounds Before They Could Have An Abortion .   .   .   .   .  Byron Claimed That Abortion Was Incompatible With “A Nation Founded With Words Proclaiming That Life, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Happiness Are Unalienable Rights.”

MARJORIE ception - and obviously anti-gay as well - Dannenfelser Defended Richard Mourdock After He Said That A Pregnancy That Comes From Rape Was “A Gift From God”: “Richard Mourdock Said That Life Is Always A Gift From God, And We Couldn’t Agree More.”  .   .  .   .   Dannenfelser Defended Todd Akin After His “Legitimate Rape” Claim: Akin “Has Been An Excellent Partner In The Fight For The Unborn.”

NANCY PFOTENHAUER:  Pfotenhauer Said That Northern Virginia Was Not Part Of “Real Virginia.” According to the Washington Post, “Sen. John McCain headlined a boisterous outdoor rally in Woodbridge, Va., today, while his campaign took heat for suggesting the populous region was not part of ‘real Virginia.   .   .  .  .  Pfotenhauer Received A “Pants On Fire” Rating From PolitiFact For Claiming That “Hundreds Of Millions Of People” Will Lose Their Current Insurance As A Result Of The Affordable Care Act.  .   .   .   .  Pfotenhauer Was The Chief Lobbyist For Koch Industries From 1996 To 2001. 

KRISTAN HAWKINS:   Hawkins Argued HHS Contraception Mandate Violated Religious Freedom.  .  .  .  .  Hawkins Argued That All Abortion, Regardless Of Circumstances, Should Be Outlawed.  .  .  .  .   Hawkins Argued That All Abortion, Regardless Of Circumstances, Should Be Outlawed.

Additional women are profiled, but the pattern is obvious.  They are all anti-abortion, anti-contraception and would defund Planned Parenthood even though 97% of its budget goes to provide medical services to poor women and women without healthcare, not abortion.  It goes without saying that these women also share Kookinelli's zeal to drive gays back into the closet and to criminalize homosexuality.    They are dangerous extremist and belong to the Christian Taliban.  Women, gays and minorities need to run screaming from "Women for Ken" and Kookinelli himself.

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