Richmond, VA-During Wednesday’s Fairfax Chamber Town Hall, Congressional candidate Barbara Comstock brought her extreme position on women’s health care to light. When pressed on her support for overturning the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe V. Wade, Comstock said “I’m not running for the Supreme Court, I’m running to be your Congressman,” (Washington Post, 2014).
“While serving in the Virginia House of Delegates, Barbara Comstock has repeatedly voted for measures to restrict women’s access to health care,” said Cianti Stewart-Reid, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia Executive Director. “To imply her anti-women’s health record would not matter if elected to Congress is misleading and inaccurate.”
Since her election to the House of Delegates in 2009, Ms. Comstock has taken an extreme position on women’s reproductive health care and rights. In 2011, she voted for Virginia’s TRAP legislation, restrictions that require women’s health centers to be classified as hospitals. Today, three of twenty-one women’s health centers have closed or stopped offering abortion care, in part, because of TRAP. Additionally, Comstock voted for legislation to require a woman to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound prior to terminating a pregnancy. Governor McDonnell later removed the transvaginal requirement because it was too invasive.
“While it is true that Ms. Comstock is not running for the United States Supreme Court, the House of Representatives regularly debates and votes on issues related to reproductive health care and rights,” said Stewart-Reid. “Comstock’s established voting record for anti-women’s health initiatives and desire to overturn Roe V. Wade are out of touch with what voters want from their elected representatives.”
The women of Virginia need elected officials who understand the reality of their lives and will vote to protect their access to health care. Barbara Comstock’s record is evidence that she will advance her ideological position in spite of the women across the Commonwealth who desire access to a full range of reproductive health care options.