Ken Blackwell

This Saturday, January 16, State Senator Ken Cuccinelli  will be sworn-in as Virginia’s new Attorney General.  Cuccinelli was arguably the most conservative member of the Virginia State Senate, yet managed to consistently win election to his Northern Virginia district. 

Meanwhile, in Kansas, State Senator Tim Huelskamp  recently pledged to once again introduce a bill to defund Planned Parenthood in Kansas. 

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Like Huelskamp, Cuccinelli authored legislation in the Virginia State Senate to defund Planned Parenthood.  He also passed a parental consent law -- and cast the tie-breaking vote to ban partial-birth abortion in the state.

As NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia said of Cuccinelli:

          " Virginia women have Ken to thank for a recent blow to reproductive rights: the new Choose Life license plates, whose revenues will be funneled directly into crisis pregnancy centers.[ H]e patroned an amendment to the 2008 state budget to defund Planned Parenthood …"

Huelsksamp, a farmer from Fowler, Kansas has been leading the Pro-Life fight in the Kansas State Senate for a dozen years now.  Since former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline (who has endorsed Huelskamp) lost his re-election bid a few years ago, Huelskmamp has been the leader among elected Pro-Life conservatives in the state.

Last year, Huelskamp pushed to de-fund Planned Parenthood. His Amendment (referred to as “The Huelskamp Amendment”) actually passed the Legislature but was vetoed by Gov. Mark Parkinson, a Democrat. 

But just as British Member of Parliament William Wilberforce vowed to introduce a bill banning the slave trade each year, Huelskamp seems determined to introduce his bill until it passes. 

Aside from being conservative rising stars working at the state level, Huelskamp and Cuccinelli are both young Catholics.  Both are also more than just “good votes” – they are Pro-Life legislative  leaders in the mold of Sens. DeMint and Coburn and Rep. Pence.


Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at Townhall.com, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
 
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