Gubernatorial Candidates Focus On Abortion Issues

John Gregg is pushing Republican candidate to explain his views on abortion.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg says Republican candidate Mike Pence should clarify his position on abortion issues.

Attention shifted to abortion issues Tuesday as the state GOP’s spring fundraising event featured Virginia governor Bob McDonnell. McDonnell drew controversy earlier this year when he supported a measure requiring transvaginal ultrasounds before abortions.   And Mike Pence has repeatedly sponsored legislation in Congress to defund abortion providers, particularly Planned Parenthood. But Pence says his campaign’s focus is elsewhere.

“You know, I’m pro-life, I don’t apologize for it, but I think this election’s about jobs and schools,” he says.

Gregg says Pence’s record doesn’t reflect his commitment to job creation.

“The reality is during the last 12 years as a member of Congress, the only thing he seemed interested in pushing was a divisive social agenda,” Gregg says.

Gregg, a pro-life Democrat, says Pence should address whether he will push for measures like McDonnell’s that require invasive procedures before abortions. When asked, Pence refused to comment.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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