For the second time in less than a week, the Democratic challenger to Republican Del. Joseph Yost has authorized a mail piece accusing the incumbent of supporting legislation that would force police to investigate miscarriages.
Yost and his wife Lisa expressed outrage after receiving a similar mail piece at their Pearisburg home over the weekend. Lisa Yost has suffered two miscarriages in the past year. The new flier from Democrat James Harder includes an image of a woman crying on a man’s shoulder and a headline that reads: “A miscarriage is private tragedy, but to Joseph Yost it deserves a police inquiry.”
Harder bases the accusation on Yost’s 2012 vote for so-called “personhood” legislation, which stated that life begins at conception and would have given full legal protections to embryos. Abortion rights proponents argued that the personhood bill would lay the groundwork for banning abortions in all circumstances and restrict access to certain types of contraception.
But Yost said he would not have supported it the legislation if he thought it would subject victims of miscarriages to police inquiries. Harder has expressed sympathy for the Yosts’ loss, but he stood by the initial mailer.
The two candidates are scheduled to appear together tonight at a forum sponsored by the Montgomery County League of Women Voters, and don’t be surprised of this issue becomes part of the discussion.