An anti-abortion group is spending $ 1.4 million on an advertising campaign aimed at hitting Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the final two weeks of Virginia’s race for governor.
The digital ads and direct mail were launched by Women Speak Out Virginia, a political action committee in partnership with Susan B. Anthony List.
They are urging voters to support GOP candidate Glenn Youngkin and 11 anti-abortion candidates running at the Virginia House of Delegates.
“Terry McAuliffe’s abortion extremism is an affront to Commonwealth voters,” PAC spokesperson Mallory Quigley said. “His position is not only morally repugnant, it is politically repugnant. Pro-life is a winning issue in Virginia and across the country. “
One of the digital ads calls Mr McAuliffe “too extreme” on abortion, saying he supports late taxpayer-funded abortions and would allow abortions until birth.
The group also publishes letters asking voters to “give the most vulnerable a chance.”
Abortion has been a hot topic in the race for the governor of Virginia, who remains neck and neck.
Mr McAuliffe drew the wrath of anti-abortion activists when he announced he would sign legislation to ease restrictions on third trimester abortions.
He said during the first debate that if a woman’s life was in danger, he would support the option of reducing the number of doctors needed to certify the operation, which is currently three.
“The problem you have in rural parts of the state is that there aren’t three doctors. So this puts women in rural communities at a disadvantage. So if they find a solution – and the woman’s life must be in danger, must be certified – if you have a legitimate doctor who says “this woman, her life is in danger”, of course I would support that. Said Mr. McAuliffe.
Mr Youngkin said he believed abortions should only be available in cases of rape, incest and when the mother’s life is in danger.
“As the next governor of Virginia, I will proudly defend unborn children and their mothers. I believe that life begins with conception. My opinions are shaped not only by my faith but also by science, ”Mr. Youngkin wrote in a letter to the Virginia anti-abortion activist community.
Both candidates describe themselves as being extreme on the issue.
In an interview with MSNBC this week, Mr McAuliffe warned voters his opponent would eradicate all abortions in the state.
“Glenn Youngkin is committed to banning abortions and funding Planned Parenthood,” McAuliffe said. “Virginia must understand. The abortion will be gone. It will be banned if Glenn Youngkn is elected governor.
Early voting is underway in Virginia.
A CBS News / YouGov poll conducted Oct. 4-11 had Mr McAuliffe with 50% support versus 47% for Mr Youngkin.
The poll questioned 1,040 probable voters and had a margin of error of 4.1 percentage points, an amount greater than Mr McAuliffe’s 3-point advantage, making the poll a statistical tie.