Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican nominee for governor, donated thousands to anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers in a four-year period, according to a report by Mother Jones.
Cuccinelli’s tax return summary shows that he gave money to multiple crisis pregnancy centers. These types of centers have been criticized for using graphic scare tactics, like videos of beheaded fetuses, and false medical information, including inaccurate claims about abortions increasing a woman’s chance of breast cancer, to dissuade women seeking abortions.
Mother Jones reported that employees at another center backed by Cuccinelli falsely claimed in a New York Times story that legal-abortion advocate Margaret Sanger was a Nazi sympathizer.
Cuccinelli’s tax returns indicate that from 2008 to 2012, the Republican donated more than $4,000 to two crisis pregnancy centers and an affiliated group. A substantial portion of those donations, more than $1,300, went to AAA Women for Choice, which a Washington Post story reported used misleading tactics to draw women seeking abortions into the crisis center.
Cuccinelli has been vocal in the past about his views on abortion.
“Really, given that God does judge nations, it's amazing that abortion has run as far and foully as it has, without what I would consider to be a greater imposition of judgment on this country," Cuccinelli said during a speech at the 2012 Christian Life Summit.