As a part of his campaign for U.S. Senate, Tim Kaine today joined the Planned Parenthood Action Fund â€œWomen are Watchingâ€ bus tour at a stop in Arlington.
During the rally of more than 200 supporters, Kaine affirmed his support for women to make their own health care decisions and criticized efforts by politicians to limit womenâ€™s health care access.
Later in the day, both Kaine and his Republican opponent, George Allen, were scheduled to attend the Pakistani Independence Day Festival in Centreville.
â€œOften, these issues are pushed by the other side as wedge issues. They want to use wedge issues that divide us,â€ said Kaine. â€œWomenâ€™s lives are not political issues, womenâ€™s lives are not wedge issues. Women have the ability to make their own health care decisions and their own moral decisions.â€
â€œThere has never been a time when weâ€™ve needed fewer wedge issues,â€ Kaine continued. â€œThe two sides are already too far apart. We need more glue issues that can bind us together.â€
Later in the event, Kaine contrasted his record of support for womenâ€™s health care choices with George Allenâ€™s record and approach to those same issues.
â€œThere is a live proposal to push federal personhood legislation in Washington. This is a very dangerous piece of legislation,â€ said Kaine. â€œMy opponent is in favor of it and we need to make sure that women and men watch toÂ make sure Congress doesnâ€™t pursue such a damagingÂ policy,Â which could ultimately overturn Roe v. Wade and ban access to some forms of FDA-approved birth control.”