Hey, my last post was about a cruel piece of shit from Virginia, so why not another one? (In the interests of full disclosure, I am originally from Virginia, that little piece that straddles Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina.)
We looked at how Eric Cantor, Rushpubliscum Whip and elitist piece of shit, thinks that poor people who get sick either ought to go begging for their medical treatments-or shut up and die. I didn’t expect to be writing my very next post about someone else from Virginia who is at least as bad as Cantor, but then I read this piece in the Roanoke Times, and decided to educate myself about Rushpubliscum Gubernatorial candidate Jim McDonnell. I hate to say it, but all I really knew for sure about McDonnell was that he was one of those “values” idiots; since the election is for a Virginia statewide office, I hadn’t really paid much attention to it.
Needless to say, I’m paying attention now, and you should too. This misplaced caveman should be doing Geico ads, not sitting in the Governor’s Mansion.
While The Washington Post, Richmond Times-Dispatch and other Virginia newspapers recently highlighted gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell’s opposition to contraception, The Roanoke Times front-page story (“McDonnell defends writings from past,” Sept. 1) neglected to do so.
The story rightly reported that McDonnell’s 20-year-old master’s thesis “described the trends of working women and feminism as ‘detrimental to the family’ and argued that public policy should favor married couples over ‘cohabitators, homosexuals and fornicators.’ ”
However, the story failed to report that McDonnell called the 1965 Supreme Court decision to allow married couples to purchase contraceptives without government interference “one of the harshest blows to the American family and traditional morality.”
McDonnell’s statement is relevant not only because more than 90 percent of Virginia women rely upon contraceptives during their reproductive years, but also because, as a legislator, McDonnell has maintained a 100 percent anti-contraception voting record. Moreover, as governor, he would hold enormous power over Virginians’ access to contraception.
In 1997, Virginia passed a law requiring insurance companies to include the option of contraceptive coverage when offering coverage for other prescription drugs. The broadly bipartisan effort passed in the Virginia House of Delegates 86 to 12. Then-Del. McDonnell was among the 12 who sought to deny contraceptive coverage.
In 2002, McDonnell co-sponsored House Bill 563 whereby physicians, pharmacists and nurses could deny providing “any birth control pill” to patients. McDonnell supported a similar bill that was introduced in 2003. Neither became law.
In response to legislative attempts by McDonnell and others to characterize contraception as abortion, Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple introduced the Birth Control Protection Act in 2003. The measure stated that Virginia laws restricting abortion do not pertain to FDA-approved contraceptives. It passed in the Senate with broad bipartisan support before being killed in a House committee on a 9-9 vote. McDonnell was one of the nine who opposed it.
Had McDonnell voted otherwise, the measure would have passed and almost certainly become law. This is significant because later that year, at the prompting of another anti-contraception legislator, James Madison University ceased providing emergency contraception on campus. The crisis threatened to spread to other public universities until Republican Attorney General Jerry Kilgore issued a four-page opinion stating that Virginia’s abortion laws do not pertain to contraception. Would McDonnell have issued a similar opinion had these 2003 events occurred while he was attorney general? One need only look to 2004 when McDonnell voted for House Bill 1414 to prohibit any public college or university from providing emergency contraception.
In 2004, McDonnell also supported House Bill 1403. That measure prohibited minors from accessing emergency contraception unless a parent obtained a written statement from a notary public in advance. The bill further imposed a mandatory waiting period, even for rape or incest victims, a ridiculous provision since emergency contraception is less effective the longer the delay in accessing it.
McDonnell’s voting record as a Virginia legislator is wholly consistent with his earlier writings. There is little doubt that this candidate for governor has maintained an unwavering hostility to women’s access to contraception. Two decades after vilifying contraception in his master’s thesis, McDonnell has remained true to his word.
This one makes “Macaca” Allen look like a reasonable moderate in comparison. He is, and has been for his entire life, implacably hostile to womens’ rights; it is very clear that this guy sees a woman as the property of a man. It is equally clear that gay Virginians are non-people, insofar as Jim McDonnell is concerned.
A woman who would vote for this piece of shit is bat-shit insane. A man who would vote for him is too stupid to have the right to vote. How on Earth did the Rushpubliscums of Virginia decide that Jim McDonnell would be good leadership material? He’s not even good bird cage material, for Dog’s sake.