Ed Gillespie Out of Touch with the Reality of Women’s Lives


Richmond, VA-Yesterday's debate between incumbent Senator Mark Warner and challenger Ed Gillespie highlighted the stark differences between candidates. During the 90 minute exchange, Mr.Gillespie stated he supported making birth control available over the counter.

"While we welcome any sincere effort to expand access to birth control, Mr. Gillespie's proposal would actually take money out of women's pockets by forcing them to pay for birth control that they are getting at no cost thanks to the Affordable Care Act," said Cianti Stewart-Reid, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia Executive Director. "For many women, paying $600 a year for birth control is out of reach." 

The statement contradicted Mr.Gillespie's record as being against contraception. At the State of the Union in 2012, Mr. Gillespie said "I'm on the board of trustees at the Catholic University of America. We teach students in the-you know in our courses that it's a sin, according to our faith to-you know, to have abortion inducing pills or sterilization procedures or contraception," (CNN, 2012). Senator Mark Warner has long been a champion of women's reproductive rights and health care. He recently co-sponsored the Protect Women's Health Care from Corporate Interference Act, a Congressional response to the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision. Senator Warner has been a consistent supporter of the Affordable Care Act, which has provided many women access to no co-pay birth control.

"Women need to be able to work with a health care provider to find the method that's best for them- including IUDs that are often most effective but can cost more than $1,000 and cannot be sold in drug stores because they have to be administered by a health care professional," said Gillespie's proposal is out of touch with the reality of women's lives."

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