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ICYMI: VA Scope, “House candidate reveals in secretly recorded audio that he would block ‘any attempt’ to fund Planned Parenthood”

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WASHINGTON — Republican candidate AC Cordoza in Virginia House District 91 admitted that if he had the opportunity he would block necessary funding for Planned Parenthood. This is another example of the extreme anti-abortion politics of the Virginia GOP. Although some have tried to hide their positions from the public, Republican candidates in the most critical races have demonstrated that they would ban abortion and defund Planned Parenthood if they win the majority this November. Abortion rights are on the ballot this year in Virginia, and the GOP’s radical right-wing platform does not represent the commonwealth. 

VA Scope: House candidate reveals in secretly recorded audio that he would block “any attempt” to fund Planned Parenthood

A candidate for the House of Delegates was recorded saying he would block any attempt to fund Planned Parenthood with state money. That candidate is AC Cordoza, the Republican challenger to Martha Mugler in the 91 House district.

“What about, doesn’t the state fund Planned Parenthood still,” the person who recorded the audio asked Cordoza outside of a voting location on Friday. “I don’t believe so. But I will block any attempt to do so,” Cordoza responded.

Cordoza confirmed in the audio that it was him and later confirmed it over email… 

Mugler said Cordoza is out of touch with the people in the district. “All women deserve access to quality reproductive health care, regardless of their income. My opponent states he would prevent women from receiving affordable medical services showing just how out of touch he is. He has no business representing women in Richmond,” Mugler said in a statement. “I will continue to support Planned Parenthood and a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions.”

Abortion has been a key topic of conversation in Virginia politics since the Texas fetal-heartbeat ban on abortions went into effect on Sept. 1. The Republican gubernatorial candidate has faced questions as to if he would support similar legislation, which he has said he wouldn’t do several times. After experiencing his own hidden video moment where he admitted he cannot campaign hard on abortion because it would turn away Independent voters, Youngkin was eventually pressed to admit at the gubernatorial debate last that he would likely support a ban on abortions when fetuses are suspected to begin feeling pain — typically around 20 weeks… 

“Anti-abortion politicians like Cordoza and Youngkin are out of touch with Virginia voters,“ Lockhart said.