Think he’s running for statewide office?

Why else would Sen. Ken Cuccinelli submit a letter to the editor to a Hampton Roads newspaper. It’s a good read, concerning Planned Parenthood. Ya know, now that he mentions it, sex education being taught by Planned Parenthood is like Health classes being taught by Phillip Morris.

I WANTED TO RESPOND to a March 2 letter [“Breeding ignorance”] about a budget amendment defunding Planned Parenthood.

The letter contains factual errors, and it called into question my motives in introducing a budget amendment to remove state funding from Planned Parenthood.

It should be noted that Gov. Kaine stripped abstinence program funding from the budget, which is targeted at the same audience as the Planned Parenthood funding, and the writer seemed to have no problem with that.

The governor’s action was in spite of data from his own Department of Health showing positive results here in Virginia, demonstrating that abstinence education is contributing to a decline in teen pregnancy rates.

No such data exist for the sex education programs Planned Parenthood is conducting in our public schools.

The writer stated that the funding is for “STD treatment, cancer screening and a host of other medically proven treatments that affect the sexual health of all women and men in Virginia.”

This is wrong on several counts. Most importantly, not one penny of this money goes for any such medical treatment. It all goes to sex education in the classroom.

It would surprise no one that Planned Parenthood’s view of what is appropriate in sex ed (aka family life education) differs radically from ordinary Virginia families and deviates dramatically from Virginia’s guidelines of emphasizing abstinence.

While Planned Parenthood’s version of sex ed often does not enjoy widespread support in the community, the abstinence programs targeted by the governor have met with overwhelming support by parents in the communities where they are being presented. There is a disconnect here between what Virginia’s government is funding and what Virginia’s families want their children taught.

The governor is attempting to remove very popular family life education programs from the schools while funding Planned Parenthood to provide its own version of sex ed to our children.

Finally, let’s dispense with the outrageous notion that Planned Parenthood is reducing teenage pregnancy on some mythical altruistic basis. Planned Parenthood reduces teen pregnancy by providing abortions, which both makes Planned Parenthood a lot of money and ends a pregnancy.

Planned Parenthood’s sex-ed programs in our schools are what a marketing executive might call a “loss leader,” used to introduce their organization and all it has to offer, e.g., abortion on demand, to our children.

I believe most Virginians agree with me that such an organization should not receive the hard-earned tax dollars of Virginia’s citizens.

Ken Cuccinelli

Virginia State Senate

37th District, R-Centreville


  • Reid Greenmun

    Another reason is that Ken has a lot of supporters down here and he may be looking to future fund raising activities to retain his Senate seat from Democratic Party challengers.

  • dsbaf

    He’ll be the GOP candidate for AG… unless Paul Harris decides to run.

  • Ken Cuccinelli is a great public servant. I live in the 37th District, and he really fights against higher taxes in our district, as well as his dedication to protection of life issues. I believe that he would be the best candidate for Attorney General.

  • Mouse

    Crystal: At the end of the day, I don’t think Cuccineeli will run for AG. He has never served as a prosecutor and his big issues are more in line with a LG run. If the Dems run Shannon, a former prosecutor, look for the Republicans to do the same. I bet they follow the Gilmore, Kilgore, and McDonnell models for AG.

    PS: Cuccinelli voted for the big real estate tax last year to keep the support of the NV Assn. of Realtors. Of course, all of those taxes were wiped out by the Supremes.

  • dsbaf

    “I don’t think Cuccineeli will run for AG. He has never served as a prosecutor”

    The AG doesn’t prosecute anyone. The job is the state’s general counsel, not the state’s prosecutor. (noted exception, the office represents the C’wealth in criminal appeals.)

    Any attorney-politician with a good “law and order” resume can and will be a good candidate. Cooch is easily on the short list of desirable AG candidates. Of course, he’d make a very good LG candidate, as well.

  • Mouse

    “The AG doesn’t prosecute anyone.”

    I think you need to check Bob McDonnell’s website. The AG has many prosecutors who work with state and federal prosecutors throughout the Commonwealth. In fact, one of McDonnell’s most important initiatives was his active prosecution of child pornographers. He also has a very strong and active Medicaid Control Fraud Unit that prosecutes defendants who defraud those health care systems. The AG is the state’s top prosecutor. That is why the public almost always picks a former prosecutor to be AG.

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