2012 Cuccinelli Video Prompts Dust-Up Over Abortion
The latest effort came with the release this week of a video recorded last June, when Cuccinelli, in an address to Christian conservatives in Williamsburg, drew comparisons between the fight to outlaw abortion and the struggle to abolish slavery.
Release of the video, distributed by the Democratic Party of Virginia, comes three weeks before a Board of Health vote on stringent new regulations of abortion clinics — regulations that the anti-abortion attorney general played a significant role in shaping.
“Over time, the truth demonstrates its own rightness, and its own righteousness,” Cuccinelli said in the June 14 video of an event hosted by the Family Foundation and Williamsburg Oak Initiative, another Christian conservative organization.
“Our experience as a country has demonstrated that on one issue after another. Start right at the beginning — slavery. Today, abortion,” he added.
“History has shown us what the right position was, and those were issues that were attacked by people of faith aggressively to change the course of this country,” Cuccinelli said. “We need to fight for the respect for life, not just for life but for respect for life. One leads to the other.”
The remarks brought condemnation from Democrats, abortion rights groups and even former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, the grandson of slaves, who said the remarks were “hurtful” and reflected “ignorance.”