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Kaine's Virginia Received An F From Abortion Groups, Now He Rakes In Their Cash

- September 23, 2016

KAINE IS A POLITICAL CHAMELEON WHO CHANGES HIS POLICIES AND PRINCIPLES DEPENDING ON WHATEVER CROWD HE IS IN FRONT OF, EVEN ON THE MOST PROFOUND ISSUES

Today Tim Kaine Will Be Attending A Fundraiser With Planned Parenthood Board Member, Bonnie Mills

Bonnie Mills, A Board Member Of Planned Parenthood Of Greater Texas, Will Be Hosting A Fundraiser For Tim Kaine Today. "Kaine, a U.S. senator from Virginia, will attend a fundraiser Sept. 22 in Houston and two more the next day in Austin, according to invitations. Tickets start at $500 for the Houston event and one of the Austin events, while it costs at least $10,000 to get in to the other Austin event. Hosts for the fundraisers are still being selected. The high-dollar event in Austin is at the home of Bonnie Mills, a member of the board of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas." (Patrick Svitek, "Tim Kaine Returning To Texas In September To Raise Money,"The Texas Tribune, 8/31/16)

In 2005 NARAL Refused To Endorse Kaine And In 2007 Kaine's Virginia Was Slammed With An F Rating For It's Staunchly Pro-Life Laws

The Virginia Chapter Of NARAL Pro-Choice America Declined To Endorse A Candidate In The 2005 Gubernatorial Campaign, Citing The Fact That Kaine "Embraces Many Of The Restrictions On A Woman's Right To Choose That Are Opposed By NARAL." "The Virginia chapter of NARAL Pro-Choice America said Tuesday that it will not endorse any candidate in this fall's governor's race, citing a lack of support for abortion rights among the two leading candidates. The group endorsed Democrats for lieutenant governor, attorney general and most delegate races but said Democratic Lt. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine failed to earn its backing for governor because of his support for some abortion restrictions. The group condemned Republican gubernatorial candidate Jerry W. Kilgore as an 'extremely anti-choice' candidate, and it charged that he would sign legislation to criminalize abortion and restrict access to contraceptives if given the chance. 'Tim Kaine . . . has said he would not sign such legislation, but he embraces many of the restrictions on a woman's right to choose that are opposed by NARAL,' the group's statement said. 'We cannot therefore offer any endorsement in this year's race for governor.' The statement went on to say that despite the group's concerns about Kaine's positions, 'we see more hope for the women of Virginia in Kaine's candidacy.'" (Michael D. Shear, "Abortion Rights Group In Va. Skips Gubernatorial Endorsement," The Washington Post, 8/17/05)

In Response, Kaine Released A Statement Reiterating His Support For "Appropriate And Reasonable Checks On The Right To Abortion". Kaine, a practicing Catholic, said he has a religious opposition to abortion and has at times declared himself to be 'pro-life.' He also wants to ban the procedure that opponents call 'partial birth' abortion and supports parental consent and notification laws. But he also said he is a 'pro-choice' candidate who does not want to criminalize women or doctors involved in abortions. 'My position on this issue is firm,' Kaine said in a statement. 'I support appropriate and reasonable checks on the right to abortion, including a ban on partial-birth abortion, so we can protect women's health and ensure this monumental decision is made with all the facts in hand.'" (Michael D. Shear, "Abortion Rights Group In Va. Skips Gubernatorial Endorsement," The Washington Post, 8/17/05)

"In A 2007 NARAL Scorecard, Kaine Was Described As A 'Mixed-Choice' Governor And His State Got An F Grade Thanks In Part To A Number Of Laws And Other Policies Restricting Access To Abortions." (Darren Samuelsohn and Daniel Strauss, "Tim Kaine's Abortion Predicament," Politico, 7/4/16)

When Kaine Was Governor Of Virginia He Was Denounced By Planned Parenthood And NARAL For Signing A Law Allowing "Choose Life" License Plates In The State

In March 2009, Kaine, Who Served Both As Virginia's Governor And Chairman Of The Democratic National Committee At The Time, Signed A Bill Creating A "Choose Life" License Plate. "Gov. Timothy M. Kaine came under fire Monday for signing a bill to create a 'Choose Life' license plate, a move that abortion rights activists say runs afoul of his obligations as chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Kaine, a Catholic who personally opposes abortion, said he considers such license plate messages a matter of free speech and added that the move was 'in keeping with the commonwealth's longtime practice of approving specialty plates with all manner of political and social messages.' 'If Planned Parenthood . . . or another similar organization ever chooses to seek a specialty license plate in Virginia, I believe the constitution would require the state to approve that plate to protect against any viewpoint discrimination,' he said." (Anita Kumar, "Kaine Signs Bill To Create 'Choose Life' Plate," The Washington Post, 3/31/09)

  • "In Washington, NARAL/Pro-Choice America Channeled More Than 17,000 Emails And 200 Calls To The DNC Urging Kaine To Veto The Bill." (Andy Barr, "DNC Chair Infuriates Abortion Backers," Politico, 3/30/09)
  • The Legislation Was Sought By Conservative Legislators And Anti-Abortion Activists. "Virginia will join 23 states with a 'Choose Life' license plate, much to the chagrin of abortion-rights advocates. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine said Monday that he has signed legislation creating the special license plate, which was sought by conservative legislators and anti-abortion activists." (Warren Fiske, "Governor Signs Bills To Create 'Choose Life' License Plate," The Virginian-Pilot , 3/31/09)
  • Kaine's Predecessor, Mark Warner, Had Vetoed A Similar Bill In 2003. "Mr. Kaine, a Catholic who said he is personally opposed to abortion, signed the legislation after his predecessor, Gov. Mark Warner, also a Democrat, vetoed a similar bill in 2003. The Democrat-controlled state Senate approved the license plates after state Sen. Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, Fairfax Republican, attached the proposal to an omnibus license plate bill." ("'Choose Life' Plates Sent To Motorists In Va." The Washington Times, 7/12/09)
  • "Kaine's Action Was Lauded By The Family Foundation, A Socially Conservative Lobby In Virginia, And The Virginia Society For Human Life." (Warren Fiske, "Governor Signs Bills To Create 'Choose Life' License Plate," The Virginian-Pilot , 3/31/09)
  • "After The First 1,000 Plates Are Sold, $15 Of The $25 Annual Fee Would Go To Heartbeat International, A Christian Pregnancy Resource Organization, Which Would Distribute The Money To About 40 Centers In The State That Meet The Group's Standards." (Anita Kumar, "Kaine Signs Bill To Create 'Choose Life' Plate," The Washington Post, 3/31/09)

"Kaine Said The State Should Not Discriminate Over Issuing Special Plates Espousing Widely Accepted Points Of View." (Warren Fiske, "Governor Signs Bills To Create 'Choose Life' License Plate," The Virginian-Pilot , 3/31/09)

  • Kaine Defended The Legislation By Pointing To Virginia's "Long-Standing Program" Of Customized License Plates And Indicated That Planned Parenthood Would Be Just As Eligible For Customized License Plates. "Kaine defended the move by pointing out that Virginia has a 'long-standing program' allowing customized license plates and said that if Planned Parenthood applied for a plate he would grant it. 'I sign this legislation today in keeping with the Commonwealth's longtime practice of approving specialty plates with all manner of political and social messages,' Kaine said in a statement. 'Furthermore, if Planned Parenthood-an organization that is already a recipient of state budget funds-or another similar organization ever chooses to seek a specialty license plate in Virginia, I believe the Constitution would require the state to approve that plate to protect against any viewpoint discrimination.'" (Andy Barr, "DNC Chair Infuriates Abortion Backers," Politico, 3/30/09)

Abortion Rights Groups, Including Planned Parenthood And NARAL Pro-Choice America, Expressed Disappointment With The Decision. "Abortion rights groups, including Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America, said they are disappointed in the decision, which they said would help fund unlicensed, antiabortion pregnancy clinics. 'It is unfortunate that, even after receiving thousands of messages from Virginians and pro-choice activists across the country, Gov. Kaine has opted to sign a bill that advances a divisive political ideology at the expense of women's health,' said Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America." (Anita Kumar, "Kaine Signs Bill To Create 'Choose Life' Plate," The Washington Post, 3/31/09)

  • Paulette McElwain, President Of The Virginia League For Planned Parenthood, Said It Was "All The More Surprising" That Kaine Would Enact Such Legislation As DNC Chair. "But he is now on a national stage. And his decision could echo among women's activists who are among the most powerful financial supporters of the party. 'It is surprising that Governor Kaine would do this, but it's all the more surprising that he would do it as chair of the DNC,' said Paulette McElwain, the president of the Virginia League for Planned Parenthood. McElwain exchanged numerous calls with the governor's office over the license plates and organized a grass roots effort that logged more than 2,000 calls to the governor's staff. 'We provided him with abundant information,' she said. 'We're terribly disappointed that he decided to sign it.'" (Andy Barr, "DNC Chair Infuriates Abortion Backers," Politico, 3/30/09)
  • "'Planned Parenthood Of Virginia Is Extremely Disappointed With Gov. Kaine's Decision,' Said Jessica Honke, Director Of Public Policy For The State Group." (Warren Fiske, "Governor Signs Bills To Create 'Choose Life' License Plate," The Virginian-Pilot , 3/31/09)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America President Nancy Keenan Said It Was "Unfortunate" Kaine Signed "A Bill That Advances A Divisive Political Ideology At The Expense Of Women's Health." "'It is unfortunate that, even after receiving thousands of messages from Virginians and pro-choice activists across the country, Gov. Kaine has opted to sign a bill that advances a divisive political ideology at the expense of women's health,' NARAL/Pro-Choice America president Nancy Keenan said in a statement." (Andy Barr, "DNC Chair Infuriates Abortion Backers," Politico, 3/30/09)

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