Pro-choice group plans protest against Ken Cuccinelli

Posted at 11:35 PM, Jan 04, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-05 07:30:53-05

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - With less than a week before the start of Virginia's next legislative session, the empty capitol sits silent and peaceful, but likely not for long.

"They used vitriolic language and a disrespectful tone,” Victoria Cobb, Executive Director of the Family Foundation, said.

Cobb became outraged after recently learning that a protest has been organized Wednesday, the first day of session. It will happen at the session's kick-off event, the prayer breakfast at the convention center. Cobb defends the event as a non-partisan Virginia tradition. Cobb claims the group organizing the protest is using harsh language to promote their cause and also mentioning her in part of it.

"It's disappointing that they would turn something like that in to just a scene,” Cobb said.

The group planning to protest refers to themselves as “Cooch Watch”. They claim they're not protesting prayer, but instead defending women's rights, by monitoring the moves of the Attorney General.

"Our main goal is basically to keep an eye on Ken Cuccinelli," Shelly Abrams of Cooch Watch said. 

The pro-choice group has battled with the pro-life values of the Family Foundation before but on one member's personal face book page, while referencing the protest the “Cooch Watch” member used an expletive in a statement about director Victoria Cobb.

"I think when you have a lack of arguments you to extremism and shocking statements to garner attention," said Cobb about the comments. 

But Abrams sees it differently.  She says the comment was made by an individual not by a group.

"Anything she read on a personal not organizational Facebook page that offended her is really kind of her problem. She probably shouldn't have been nosing around," Abrams said.