Republican George Allen is well aware he needs to close the gender gap with women in order to win the Virginia Senate race.
The severity of that challenge was on full display Monday night in his fourth debate with Democrat Tim Kaine.
When asked about proposals in the GOP-led General Assembly’s this year to require an ultrasound before women could get an abortion and to codify that life begins at conception — so-called “personhood” legislation — Allen punted and pivoted.
“Some of those issues are state issues on informed consent,” Allen replied, before shifting to contraceptive access, which was not brought up in the question. “I would never prohibit contraceptives. I think women ought to be able to have access and should be able to have access to contraceptives.”