NEW AD: “VIRGINIA” DETAILS WHY GEORGE ALLEN IS WRONG FOR HER

Richmond, VA - Today, Tim Kaine released a series of new television and radio ads featuring Virginia women who would be affected by George Allen's support for policies that restrict women's access to health care and deny women equal economic opportunities.
 
"This is Virginia. George Allen would restrict her choices," the ad says. Allen has endorsed measures that restrict access to health care like federal 'personhood' bills that could outlaw all abortions and jeopardize access to birth control, and the Blunt Amendment that would allow employers to deny preventive care to employees including birth control.  During his previous terms in Congress, George Allen voted against the Family and Medical Leave Act, which gives parents time off to care for a newborn or a sick relative, and voted in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade.  This year, he refused to speak out against Virginia's invasive and unnecessary ultrasound law or commit to laws that help women secure equal pay for equal work. 
 
"George Allen is wrong for Virginia. She can make her own choices," the ad concludes.


  
  

WATCH "VIRGINIA"

"Full access to health care choices and equal pay are economic issues that are important to families across Virginia. Women are more than half of our economy - we need legislators who are willing to fight for policies that support women and fight against efforts to roll back rights and opportunities that are vital to our families' economic success" said Kaine. “As Virginia's senator, I will reject attempts to insert government into decisions that should be left up to a woman and her doctor, and will continue to work to close the wage gap that costs Virginia women thousands of dollars each year.”
 
“Virginia” will run in markets across the Commonwealth. Due to the generosity of more than 40,000 donors, Kaine for Virginia has purchased $7.5 million in fall advertising.


 

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KAINE: “I’m Tim Kaine and I approve of this message.”
 
 
 
FEMALE VOICE: “This is Virginia. George Allen would restrict her choices.”                         
 
[On-Screen:
VIRGINIA]
 
 
 
FEMALE VOICE: “He’d take away her Constitutional rights by reversing Roe v. Wade…”
 
[On-Screen:
GEORGE ALLEN
WOULD REVERSE
ROE V. WADE
VOTE 48, 3/12/03]
 
 
IN THE SENATE, ALLEN VOTED FOR OVERTURNING ROE V. WADE
 
2003: Allen Voted For Overturning Roe v. Wade.  On March 12, 2003, Allen voted against an “amendment that would express the sense of the Senate that the Supreme Court's decision legalizing abortion in Roe v. Wade was correct and should not be overturned.” The amendment was adopted by a vote of 52-46, with 9 Republicans, 42 Democrats and 1 Independent voting in favor of Roe v. Wade. Allen voted no. [Vote 48, 3/12/03; CQ Floor Votes]
 
 
FEMALE VOICE: “…let employers deny Virginia insurance for preventive care and birth control…”
 
[On-Screen:
ALLEN WOULD DENY PREVENTIVE CARE, BIRTH CONTROL COVERAGE
WASHINGTON POST, 3/1/12;
NEW YORK TIMES, 3/1/12]

 
 
Allen Supported The Blunt Amendment, Which Would Allow Any Employer To Deny Contraceptive Coverage For Their Employees. The Washington Post reported, “Allen supports the Blunt amendment, campaign spokeswoman Katie Wright said.” [Washington Post, 3/1/12]
  • Blunt Amendment Would Let Employers Deny Their Employees Coverage For Contraception And Other Preventive Services. The New York Times reported, “The Senate on Thursday upheld President Obama's birth control policy, voting to kill a Republican effort to let employers and health insurance companies deny coverage for contraceptives. . . . Mr. Blunt offered the proposal as an amendment to a highway bill. . . . The 2010 health care law requires most insurers to cover preventive services without co-payments or deductibles.” [New York Times, 3/1/12]
 
FEMALE VOICE: “…and when legislators tried to impose invasive ultrasounds on pregnant women, Allen was silent.”
 
[On-Screen:
TRIED TO FORCE
INVASIVE
ULTRASOUNDS
GEORGE ALLEN
WAS SILENT
WASHINGTON POST, 6/24/12]
 
 
Allen Was Silent On Controversial Bill “To Require Women To Undergo A Vaginal Ultrasound Before Getting An Abortion.” The Washington Post wrote, “Allen did not take a position on the controversial bill in the General Assembly to require women to undergo a vaginal ultrasound before getting an abortion.” [Washington Post, 6/24/12]
  • 2012: Virginia Ultrasound Law Requires Women To Pay For The Procedure. The Associated Press reported, “The ultrasound mandate for abortions drew large Capitol Square protests that, in March, resulted in the arrest of 30 protesters during a Capitol steps sit-in. It also brought ridicule for Virginia officials, including Republican legislators and Gov. Bob McDonnell, from ‘Saturday Night Live,’ ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’ and other cable and late-night television personalities. Initially, the GOP-backed legislation would have compelled women to undergo a vaginally invasive form of ultrasound, which opponents labeled state-mandated sodomy. Republicans countered that ‘transvaginal ultrasounds’ are common practice in very early term abortions. . . . Democratic amendments that would have required insurance companies to pay the costs or have the state pay the bills for uninsured women were also rejected.” [Associated Press State & Local Wire, 6/29/12] 
 
FEMALE VOICE: “He even opposes equal pay and family leave laws.”
 
[On-Screen:
ALLEN OPPOSES
EQUAL PAY AND
FAMILY LEAVE
WASHINGTON TIMES, 5/30/12;
VOTE 393, 11/13/91;
VOTE 390, 9/10/92;
VOTE 443, 9/30/92]
 
 
ALLEN VOTED AGAINST THE FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT THREE TIMES
 
Three Times, Allen Voted Against The Family And Medical Leave Act. As a Congressman, Allen voted three times against the Family and Medical Leave Act, which gives workers up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for family emergencies, including to care for a newborn or sick relative. [Vote 393, 11/13/91; Vote 390, 9/10/92; Vote 443, 9/30/92; CQ Floor Votes]
  • Allen Had “Strong Opposition” To The Family And Medical Leave Act, Calling It “Counterproductive Legislation.” In September 1992 George Allen said of the Family and Medical Leave Act: “Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to this bill. Unpaid leave to give birth or adopt a child or to care for a sick family member is certainly desirable, and I would encourage businesses to offer such a benefit. However, let us examine this congressional edict. First and foremost the Government has no right to dictate employment contract provisions onto the free enterprise system. . . . I implore the House to stop meddling in matters which are not its concern, and I urge my colleagues to vote down this harmful, interfering, counterproductive legislation.” [Congressional Record, 9/10/92]
 
ALLEN DOES NOT SUPPORT EQUAL PAY LAWS
 
Allen Did Not Support The Paycheck Fairness Act. The Washington Post wrote, “Allen did not take a position on the controversial bill in the General Assembly to require women to undergo a vaginal ultrasound before getting an abortion, nor did he say how he would vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act considered by the Senate last month.” [Washington Post, 6/24/12]
  • Allen Did Not Support The Lilly Ledbetter Act. [The Washington Times, 5/30/12]
 
FEMALE VOICE: “George Allen’s wrong for Virginia. She can make her own choices.”
 
[On-Screen:
GEORGE ALLEN
IS WRONG
FOR VIRGINIA]
 
[On-Screen:
APPROVED BY TIM KAINE. PAID FOR BY KAINE FOR VIRGINIA]
 
 

 

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