Birth-Control Petition Delivery and Rally at the Cooch’s Office!

Via NARAL Pro-choice Virginia:

What: Birth-Control Petition Delivery and Rally
Where: Office of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, 900 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219
When: Wednesday, August 1, at 12:15 p.m.

Why: Beginning August 1st, the first phase of the no-co-pay contraception coverage policy will go into effect under the Affordable Care Act health care reform law. This is a big victory for preventative reproductive health care access! But Virginia’s Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is among the politicians leading the charge to challenge the ACA and its many benefits for women’s health care.

Join NARAL Pro-Choice America and NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia activists for an petition delivery and rally to show Attorney General Cuccinelli that his politics and agenda don’t match the values and priorities of the people of the commonwealth. We’ll be delivering petitions supporting President Obama’s contraceptive-coverage policy.

 ** Lacey Landry will be there reporting LIVE **

Cooch Watch Roundup!

Here’s what others have been writing about the Cooch and TRAP:

An Op/Ed taking a look at the Cooch’s abortion crusade: “The move is classic Cuccinelli: ideological activism masquerading as professional legal ‘advice.’”

 

Anita Kumar has an article at the Washington Post outlining the Cooch’s bewildering and unprecedented legal position: “Cuccinelli’s legal opinion has led to confusion — and uncertainty — among many of those who lead the state’s 22 clinics that perform abortions, because it’s unclear how the board would interpret his position. Since the board first voted, Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) has added three new members to the board, including a doctor who opposes abortion and helped draft the original regulations.”

 

There is also a great piece up on Sociological Images looking at how legislation that targets the “supply side” of abortion effects the women who need access:  “Some of these women left the state to receive an abortion; in fact, the number of who received an out-of-state abortion more than quadrupled from 2003 to 2004. Accordingly, the average distance women had to travel to receive an abortion after 16 weeks increased from 33 miles in 2003 to 252 miles in 2004.”

 

Cooch Sighting!

Cooch Watcher Vicky infiltrated a Republican Party phone bank event this Saturday and managed to get her picture taken with the Cooch!  We love it when our Cooch Watchers get proactive and submit their sightings to us!  We’ll have more on this event coming soon including a report from our own Lacey Landry!

WE WANT YOU!

Cooch Watch 2012 needs an official t-shirt and we want YOU to design it!

The t-shirts need to be one color and one sided.  Once everyone has submitted their designs we will display them for public comment and then the Cooch Watch team will pick a winner!

Email your artwork to us at coochwatch2012@gmail.com or send it in a private facebook message.

Deadline for submission is midnight August 4th!

Can’t wait to see what all of you come up with!

Caption Contest Winner!

Great job Cooch Watchers!  Zack Foley’s comment had the most likes, but there were so many good ones, I’m going to add them to the Tumblr page!

How much is the Cooch’s losing streak costing Virginia taxpayers?

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is abusing his office in many capacities and with humiliating results.  His disregard for our state and federal laws has led to mountains of embarrassment for the state of Virginia.

An article in the Washington post by Robert McCartney highlights some of his recent legal defeats.

Concerning his failed suit against the federal government over Obamacare:

Cuccinelli is used to coming up short. Although he’s won battles over voter redistricting and Medicaid fraud, he’s had a remarkable number of losses on closely watched cases. Ironically, his much-publicized complaint against Obamacare didn’t even make it to the Supreme Court, because an appeals court tossed it out on grounds that he lacked standing to sue.

And his inexplicable understanding of how science works:

The setback in the EPA case was even more resounding. Cuccinelli argued that the EPA was wrong to rely on outside scientists to help it conclude that human activity is leading to global warming.  The court mocked that contention. It said building on past research “is how science works. EPA is not required to re-prove the existence of the atom every time it approaches a scientific question.”

 

In recognizing the Cooch’s flagrant abuse of power, it’s hard not to wonder how much it’s costing Virginia for him to play cowboy with the law.  If anyone has any insight on this, it would definitely be worth discussing.

Check out the entire article.

 

Don’t forget about the Cooch’s BFF, Bob “Governor Ultrasound” McDonnell

As we’ve demonstrated, Ken Cuccinelli is undoubtedly at the center of the most recent attacks on abortion access in Virginia.  However, it would be unwise to forget about his partner in this plot, Governor Bob McDonnell.

On Friday June 16th Bob McDonnell appointed virulently anti-choice physician, John Seeds (an obstetrician at VCU Medical Center,  and vice chairman of the anti-abortion group OB/GYNS for Life) to the Virginia Board of Health. You can read about it here.

It’s obvious that the Cooch and Governor Ultrasound are trying to stack the Board of Health against the women of Virginia.  Appointing an activist anti-choice physician under any circumstances would be  considered dubious.  However, doing so only three days before Cuccinelli refused to certify permanent regulations for abortion clinics might as well be a declaration of war.

 

“Like” us on Facebook!

Let’s see if we can get to 1,000 “likes” by the end of the week!

Cooch Watch 2012!

Legal expert calls out the Cooch’s “underhanded tactics.”

There is a great op/ed in the Richmond Times Dispatch addressing the Cooch’s gross abuse of power and manipulation of the board of health.  Here is an excerpt:

At a heated public meeting in June, the board refused to impose this ill-advised and draconian measure on existing clinics, amending the regulation to remove the new construction standards. A member of the attorney general’s staff tried to pressure members to fall in line, continuing the office’s full-court press against the members of the board by attempting to persuade them during a lunch break to change their votes on the amendment.

The attorney general’s office failed, and the amendment stands — but then, Cuccinelli tried yet another underhanded tactic by refusing to “certify” the regulations that the Board of Health passed. The board must now reconsider its action.

 

You can read the article in it’s entirety here.

Cuckoonelli!

From one of our wonderful Cooch Watchers:

Love your mission, your website, your sense of humor.

I have been worried about Cooch ever since he became attorney general, knowing he might well run for governor.  In fact, nearly a year ago, I created a bumper sticker and put it on my car.  I can’t tellya how many people have said they liked it, and some fellow drivers have even beeped and given me the thumbs-up sign on the highway.

If in fact he becomes the repug candidate, I just might produce a color version of my sticker and offer it to the Dems and to anybody who wants it.

John
Mechanicsville

 

Keep up the great work Cooch Watchers and send us photos/videos!  We love sharing all that you do!