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Senator Edd Houck with speaks with an African American constituent

Senator Edd Houck with speaks with a constituent

Sen. Edd Houck, the top target of anti-choice activists, Albemarle’s senior legislator and half of the two-vote firewall in the Senate that keeps extremist legislation from the Republican General Assembly from being enacted into law continues to find himself targeted by false attacks. This time, radical anti-choice activists are spreading a flyer claiming that he supports racial genocide. The Free Lance Star reports:

This particular flier says that Margaret Sanger, an early advocate of birth control whose work led to the founding of Planned Parenthood, was a racist who gave talks to the Ku Klux Klan, and that Planned Parenthood puts abortion clinics in black neighborhoods “not by accident.” The flier says that Houck is supported by Planned Parenthood and that voters in the 17th state Senate district should vote against Houck and “save our children from the abortion industry’s agenda.”

Not surprisingly, local African-American leaders are outraged at the ridiculous attack:

The Rev. Lawrence Davies, a former city mayor, said he was “outraged” when he saw the flier with the headline “Would you support killing African-American babies?”

Davies said he was particularly upset by the flier’s headline. “What is it that they say in here that indicates the person who supports Sen. Houck would be killing African-American babies?” Davies said. He said he’s never heard of a “black genocide agenda” from Planned Parenthood. “I don’t know of any abortion facilities in the black neighborhoods here,” Davies added.

To date, Republican candidate, extremist Bryce Reeves, who proudly received the endorsement of right-wing radical Mike Huckabee,  has not condemned the spurious attacks being run on his behalf. With classless opposition like this, it’s no wonder that the Free Lance Star has endorsed Sen. Houck for reelection. Don’t forget to vote to Sen. Houck and for all of our other candidates in Albemarle County this Tuesday, November 8th!

Sen. Edd Houck with his wife Dana

Senator Edd Houck (pictured with his wife, Dana) is under attack by opponents of women's reproductive rights for standing up for choice in the Senate

An anti-choice front group has been spreading recklessly distorted information about Sen. Houck in an attempt to defeat a champion of women’s reproductive health in next week’s election. From The Washington Post:

Terry Beatley, an antiabortion activist whose tactics and views are a bit more extreme than what you normally see on the campaign trail, hopes her new political action committee, No Excuses Ministry, will make enough difference in next week’s election to topple her only target: Sen. Ed Houck.

Houck (D- Spotsylvania), chairman of the Senate Health and Education Committee, is in one of the closest races in the state against Republican Bryce Reeves.

Beatley’s volunteers have knocked on hundreds of doors and handed out thousands of fliers at community events in the Fredericksburg area to call attention to Houck’s voting record on abortion, gay rights and stem cell research. At at least one event they passed out plastic fetuses and talked about how Houck is destroying “biblical family values.”

The anti-choice PAC has been spreading flyers accusing Sen. Houck of eugenics and eroding what are supposedly “biblical family values” because he supports full access to reproductive health care. Obviously, these allegations have been fully discredited:

Craig Bieber, Houck’s campaign manager, said Beatley’s group is spreading “recklessly false allegations,”including handing out fliers that Houck to “killing African American babies” and the KKK.

One flier we received about Houck says Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger was “a racist/population control supporter/lifetime member of the American Eugenics Society. She was frequently asked to speak at Klu Klux Klan meetings.”

Sanger, a nurse who died in 1966, is credited with opening the first birth control clinic in the nation and founding Planned Parenthood. She is a frequent target of attacks by the antiabortion-rights movement because, as she writes in an autobiography, she spoke to the women’s auxiliary of the KKK and she, like other prominent people of her time, dabbled in eugenics, which looks at ways to improve the human species.

The flier tied Houck to the KKK and eugenics because he supports — and is supported by — Planned Parenthood.

“Ultimately the truth will win out,’’ Bieber said. “We think it’s disgusting that she and her PAC would resort to these distortions.”

Unfortunately, No Excuses Ministry is not the only anti-choice PAC targeting Sen. Houck. National anti-choice group, the Susan B. Anthony List, also announced its intention to spend over $20,000 in an attempt to defeat Sen. Houck and roll back women’s reproductive rights in the state.

You can help keep a strong advocate for women’s reproductive rights and an experienced advocate for Albemarle County in the State Senate and stop a radical republican takeover by volunteering for Sen. Houck or by contributing to his campaign on ActBlue.