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LTE: Leesburg Resident Questions Wexton Campaign Mailer

May supporter questions veracity of Democrat’s political ads in Virginia 33rd State Senate race.

A reader questions Wexton's campaign ads.
A reader questions Wexton's campaign ads.

The Wexton for Senate campaign recently distributed purposely misleading mailers reading, “We’re supposed to help rape survivors. But Joe May voted to restrict the care they often need.”

The truth is, Joe May voted for requiring sensible health and safety standards for abortion clinics to ensure patient safety and wellbeing. SB 924 passed by the General Assembly in 2011, called for the creation, by the Board of Health, of standards for abortion clinics comparable to those applied to nursing homes, hospitals and outpatient clinics. These standards were designed to ensure infection prevention, facility and patient security, along with proper construction, maintenance, staffing and equipping of the facilities. These standards are fair and reasonable, and were designed to protect patients of all types, including rape victims.

NOVA Women’s Healthcare was closed in July 2013 under these standards. It did not meet a number of requirements, including financial stability (sued for $95,000 in back rent, as well as disrupting other businesses) and building code requirements. Financial instability is a major issue, because providing adequate patient care requires meeting staff payroll, and having adequate medicines and equipment available at key times. Building codes are necessary to reduce risk of patient harm in both daily operations and emergency situations. These are some of the operational reasons for closing the clinic, and the basic standards we expect from every healthcare facility.

It is beyond stretching the truth for Ms. Wexton to say "Joe May voted to restrict the care they (rape victims) often need." In fact, he voted to make it more likely to be available. Ms. Wexton either has a serious understanding deficit, which is unlikely - or is guilty of a gross misrepresentation.

 

Mary O'Brien

Leesburg

Anthony Fasolo January 15, 2014 at 04:03 PM
"It is beyond stretching the truth for Ms. Wexton to say "Joe May voted to restrict the care they (rape victims) often need." In fact, he voted to make it more likely to be available. Ms. Wexton either has a serious understanding deficit, which is unlikely - or is guilty of a gross misrepresentation." Mary O'Brien. I disagree with Mary O'Brien's comment(above) and don’t feel ‘it is well beyond stretching the truth’ to state that Joe May voted to restrict the care they (rape victims) often need’. The Washington Post agrees with me. In its 15 January Editorial supporting Jennifer Wexton's bid to become a VA Senator noted that Joe May is a "successful business man. Decent, civil and knowledgeable about science and technology, he is a conservative who occasionally broke party ranks to support efforts to pay for better schools and roads." I AGREE BUT THE EDITORIAL GOES ON TO EXPLAIN why he should NOT BE OUR Senator. He would vote with Republicans who don't understand the word compromise and he voted in the past in favor of "IMPOSING GRATUITOUS REGULATIONS ON ABORTION CLINICS AND IMPEDING ACCESS TO THE POLLS BY VOTERS WHO LACK CERTAIN FORMS OF IDENTIFICATION." This last action anti-voter action was a "solution looking for a problem" since there have been very few cases of voter fraud in the past. So his stance on women's rights are two good reasons to vote for Jennifer Wexton. I think that her ad is "spot on".

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