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Candidates label each other 'extreme' on abortion

Saturday - 10/19/2013, 11:20am  ET

LARRY O'DELL
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- In the Virginia governor's race, both candidates portray each other's position on abortion as extreme.

Republican Ken Cuccinelli opposes abortion except when the mother's life is in danger -- a position Democrat Terry McAuliffe calls "very extreme" because it would not allow abortions in cases of rape, incest or to protect the mother's health.

Cuccinelli says McAuliffe favors taxpayer-funded abortion even in the third trimester. That makes McAuliffe "the only candidate with an extreme position on life," according to Cuccinelli spokeswoman Anna Nix.

McAuliffe calls his opponent's claim false. He says he would leave existing abortion laws intact.

Virginia law currently prohibits third-trimester abortions, and public funding is available for abortion only in cases of rape, incest, fetal impairment or life endangerment.


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