Comstock Claims Her Support For Overturning Roe v. Wade Won’t Matter Because…
Congress Doesn’t Deal with Women’s Healthcare?
LOUDOUN, Va. – At yesterday’s Fairfax Chamber Town Hall, Barbara Comstock actually claimed her support for overturning Roe v. Wade wouldn’t matter if she were elected because Congress doesn’t address women’s healthcare issues.
From the Washington Post
“[…] Comstock said, adding that her desire to see Roe v. Wade overturned would not come into play in Congress. ‘I’m not running for the Supreme Court, I’m running to be your congressman.’
But Comstock’s own right-wing record as a in Richmond – including her votes for mandatory transvaginal ultrasounds and for TRAP laws that close women’s health clinics – shows just how misleading her statement really is.
“Barbara Comstock couldn’t defend her right-wing record when it comes to attacking women’s healthcare choices, so she’s resorted to a bizarre, misleading and insulting claim that Congress doesn’t deal with women’s healthcare,” said 10th District Chair Charlie Jackson. “From supporting an overturn of Roe v. Wade to voting for mandatory transvaginal ultrasounds, Comstock has focused relentlessly in Richmond on pushing her right-wing agenda that’s out of touch with Virginia’s women and families, and she’d do exactly the same in Washington.”
Comstock Said Her Desire to See Roe v. Wade Overturned Did Not Matter as a Member of Congress. ““I have worked on building these coalitions and, you see, my opponent wants to continue to divide and attack,” Comstock said, adding that her desire to see Roe v. Wade overturned would not come into play in Congress. “I’m not running for the Supreme Court, I’m running to be your congressman.”” [Washington Post, 9/03/14]
Comstock: “Yes, I think Roe v. Wade Should be Overturned.” In October 2006 on MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” Comstock said, “…yes, I think Roe v. Wade should be overturned and the states should decide it.” [MSNBC, 10/16/08]
Comstock Voted to Require Transvaginal Ultrasounds Prior to Abortions. In 2012, Comstock voted for a bill “that requires women to have a ‘transvaginal ultrasound’ before undergoing abortions.” [HB 462, 2/14/12; Associated Press, 2/15/12]
Comstock Voted for Virginia TRAP Laws That Closed Women’s Health Clinic. In 2011, Comstock voted for a bill that required abortion clinic to be regulated like outpatient surgical centers. As a result, the Board of Health adopted requirements that clinics “meet strict, hospital-style building codes that operators say could put many of them out of business.” [SB 924, 2011 Session, 2/21/11; Washington Post, 4/12/13]