Republican Gubernatorial candidate Corey Stewart said today he was shocked that pro-life politicians continue to defend opponent Ed Gillespie after the lobbyist and defeated 2014 U.S. Senate candidate said he would veto legislation banning abortion after twenty weeks.
“I look forward to the day when every unborn child’s right-to-life is protected but I understand that not everyone else shares my pro-life position. That being said, we have the votes to pass legislation banning all abortions after twenty weeks. I’ll sign that legislation. Ed Gillespie, as well as my Democratic opponents, all have said they will veto it,” Stewart said in a press statement.
“Ed wants exceptions so big that he could fly his corporate jet through it,” said Stewart, referring to the lobbyist-funded corporate jet that took Gillespie around the state for his campaign kickoff earlier this month.
“As Governor, I will sign this legislation and direct the Attorney General to defend this law all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. It’s time to challenge Roe v Wade head on. And the challenge needs to start here in Virginia,” Stewart said.
“It’s time to be bold and stand up for what we believe. That’s what I will do as Governor. And it’s pretty clear that’s what he has no interest in doing,” Stewart, chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, added.
“With a new solidly pro-life President, new justices coming to the U.S. Supreme Court and a supportive Congress, now is the time to confront the pro-abortion side with a challenge to Roe v Wade, which essentially permits abortions for any reason up to the moment of birth,” noted Stewart.
“Ed is afraid of that fight and is looking for the easy way out. I’m not. And I’m shocked that pro-life politicians continue to defend Ed after he’s made it clear that no real pro-life legislation will be signed into law if he is elected. What’s the point of winning if you’re not going to do anything.”
Stewart has won four elections and kept Republican control in a “blue” county that voted for Hillary Clinton by twenty-one points. He won his last election in 2015 by a twelve point margin.
Stewart, Gillespie and two other candidates are competing in the June 13th Republican Primary.