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Kaine, Planned Parenthood Hold Rally in Arlington

by ARLnow.com — August 27, 2012 at 12:35 pm 2,134 27 Comments

Former Virginia governor and current U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine (D) was among the notable political figures who took the podium at a rally for Planned Parenthood in Arlington over the weekend.

Planned Parenthood’s “Women are Watching” bus tour stopped at Virginia Highlands Park near Pentagon City on Sunday morning. With a bright pink bus as a backdrop, Kaine told the crowd that he was committed to pro-choice policies and against efforts to place restrictions on birth control.

“Often, these issues are pushed by the other side as wedge issues. They want to use wedge issues that divide us,” Kaine said. “Women’s lives are not political issues, women’s lives are not wedge issues. Women have the ability to make their own health care decisions and their own moral decisions.”

Kaine was joined at the rally by several local Democratic elected officials, including County Board member Walter Tejada, state Senator Janet Howell, Del. Charniele Herring, and Arlington Commissioner of Revenue Ingrid Morroy.

Howell and Herring spoke of some of the bills pushed by Republicans during the latest legislative session in Richmond, including a bill that originally would have required women seeking an abortion to receive a transvaginal ultrasound. (The bill was amended to only require an external ultrasound after it made national headlines.) Also discussed was the more recent controversy over remarks by Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.). Akin falsely suggested that the female body “has ways to shut… down” and prevent a pregnancy during a “legitimate rape.”

Charniele told the crowd of more than 100 Planned Parenthood supporters that politicians should be required to have a basic understanding of biology before they try to legislate on it.

While politics dominated the rally, not everything discussed was of a political nature.

One of the speakers was a young female immigrant who was diagnosed with breast cancer during a Planned Parenthood screening. She spoke of how, though she lacked health insurance, the organization provided the support and financial assistance she needed to get a mastectomy and emerge from treatment cancer-free.

Kaine will face Republican George Allen on the Nov. 6 ballot in Virginia.

Photos courtesy Kaine for Virginia and Cliffords Photography, as labeled

  • novasteve

    Kaine is just a clump of cells.

    • tmginnova

      What a “thoughtful” reply.
      Let’s discuss things that matter to people, not hurl stupid insults.

  • Ralph T.

    Typo: “Pentagaon”.

    And, yawn… Pentagaon City.

    • Bender

      Yawn is right.

      Year after year after year after year after year after year after year it is the same thing from Democrats. Every election it is the same playbook, over and over and over.

      How tedious.

      • drax

        Year after year after year after year after year after year after year it is the same thing from Republicans. Every election it is the same playbook, over and over and over.

        How tedious.

  • http://purple.com/purple.html Captain Pup McPuppo

    “women are watching” the kitchen clock to make sure the pot roast cooks evenly!!!! am i right or am i right?!?

    *crickets chirping*

  • Tre

    Is this the same George “Hey there Macaca, welcome to America” Allen?

    • QuangTri1967

      No

    • Lizzie

      Yes, that is the same George Allen.

    • http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_6HREq1sU1W4/Skor1G7y4vI/AAAAAAAAATM/SfqVrym34bk/s320/Bad+Brains+-+Quickness+-+00+-+Capa.jpg Joe Strummer

      Yes, it is the same guy.

  • John Fontain

    Should be a law against taking your kid to drunk barbers.

    • Patrick

      Picture 2…Is that a small animal on that kid’s head? Future Occupier no doubt.

  • BangBrahs

    Don’t h8 on Planned Parenthood. They’ve gotten me out of a few jams and jellies.

    • http://purple.com/purple.html Captain Pup McPuppo

      +1

  • Roscoe

    Kaine is such a woman.

    • tmginnova

      And you are adding nothing of value.
      In fact, most of these comments read like they were written by semi-literate eight graders.

  • Roscoe

    George Allen attended another event over the weekend in Northern Va and called you all the Socialist Republic of Arlington, seems like the shoe fits to me…

    • MC 703

      Roscoe – Is there a link to this anywhere?

    • tmginnova

      See my comment above. Sheesh.

    • drax

      Nobody cares.

  • Tumblebum

    Does he get points for accuracy?

  • bemused bystander

    Isn’t it “People’s Republic of Arlington”?

  • Suburban Not Urban

    Wow and they are NOT intending to get confused with SGK’s Cure campaign – right?

  • http://www.arlnow.com Lauren

    a good reminder of why I quit voting for democrats. A reminder to stop wearing pink.

    • drax

      Women’s rights to privacy are so pointless.

  • Laura

    Happy to hear there are still politicians out there looking out for women’s rights. We need more events like this. The comment about requiring politicians to learn basic biology before they legislate on it is crucial. I’m sick and tired of the f***ing Republican Party trying to eliminate my rights as a woman.

  • The Bible

    FREE ABORTIONS FOR ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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