Terry McAuliffe participates in a campaign event at in Arlington, Virginia, July 23, 2021. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters)
Democratic Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe is inviting the Texas-based employees of software company Salesforce to relocate to Virginia to escape the Lone Star state’s new heartbeat abortion law.
Salesforce shared in a Slack message to staff last week that the company would help those concerned about the Texas law to move to a state with more expansive abortion access.
“My message to companies like Salesforce is clear: come to Virginia – where we remain open and welcoming, and opposed to dangerous abortion bans that put women’s health and lives at risk – all of which Glenn Youngkin would enact as governor,” he told The Hill.
With the November 2 general election on the horizon, McAuliffe is warning that his opponent, Glenn Youngkin, is sympathetic to the Texas law, which prohibits abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, and could sponsor a similar pro-life measure in Virginia.
McAuliffe, who served as Virginia governor from 2014 to 2018, boasted about his record of fighting to preserve access to abortion by obstructing pro-life legislation with his executive veto power the last time he was in the governor’s mansion.
“We’ve seen these extreme right-wing attacks on reproductive health in Virginia before, and as governor, I fought back against every single one,” McAuliffe said in statement provided to the publication. “I kept women’s health clinics open when extreme right-wing Republicans like Glenn Youngkin tried to force them to close, and I vetoed every anti-women’s health bill including multiple efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. This dangerous Texas law is exactly what Glenn has in mind when he says he wants to go ‘on offense’ to ban abortion in the Commonwealth. The fact is it is dangerous, it would harm our economy, and I will not let it happen in Virginia.”
McAuliffe followed up the interview by posting a statement on Twitter in which he suggested that Virginia’s more permissive abortion regime is beneficial for its business climate.
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