Virginians Can’t Trust Glenn Youngkin to Uphold Their Rights

Alexandria, Virginia– Today, Glenn Youngkin, the Republican nominee for Governor of Virginia, was caught on video promising to roll back all of the reproductive health and rights legislation that Virginians successfully fought to implement and finally succeeded in passing in 2020 and 2021 should he win this November.

When asked about defunding Planned Parenthood, Youngkin admitted that he could not talk about his “real” right-wing agenda during his campaign because it will hurt his chances with Independent voters at the ballot box this fall. Glenn Youngkin has proven he cannot be trusted. He said he is “unabashedly pro-life,” but when elected, he will implement his real agenda, which includes defunding Planned Parenthood and banning abortion as early as six weeks – because he knows Virginians disagree with him. 79% of Virginians support Roe v. Wade and do not want politicians interfering in personal healthcare decisions. If he is willing to lie to Virginians about his positions on abortion, he will continue to lie to Virginians as governor.

Seven out of 10 Virginians support access to abortion, and if Glenn Youngkin fulfills his promise, he will be turning his back on the majority of Virginians to implement his extreme and dangerous agenda. Abortion restrictions are harmful and wreak havoc on the most marginalized communities in the Commonwealth. Virginians should have the autonomy to make decisions about their bodies and lives without political interference from anti-abortion extremists like Glenn Younkin.

“It is critical that we stop Glenn Youngkin and his extremist agenda to roll back our hard-fought reproductive rights and freedoms. Research shows that the majority of Virginia voters support access to abortion care, and they want politicians to stay out of a person’s personal medical decisions,” says Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia. “Virginians should take Glenn at his word that he will use his power as governor to override the rights and will of the majority to enact his extreme anti-abortion agenda in the Commonwealth.”

NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia will work every day from now until November 2nd to stop Glenn Youngkin. We will not let him reverse the progress we have worked so hard to gain. The conservative-packed Supreme Court is taking up a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade this fall. We know that the states will be the last line of defense when – not if – Roe falls in protecting access to abortion care. Virginia must stand as a safe haven for reproductive freedom. That’s why we must never let Glenn Youngkin get anywhere close to the Executive Mansion.

For over 50 years, NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates and chapters have fought to protect and advance reproductive freedom—including access to abortion, contraception, and paid family leave—for every body. NARAL is powered by its more than 2.5 million members from every state and congressional district in the country, representing the 7 in 10 Americans who believe every person should have the freedom to make the best decision for themselves about if, when, and how to raise a family. 

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