Pro-Life Hopes Seen in Virginia
Despite the rocky political landscape of Virginia, Gov. Glenn Youngkin remains committed to stopping abortion after the first trimester.
From LifeNews. Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin expressed hope Monday about passing legislation to protect unborn babies from later abortions in his state after neighboring North Carolina appears poised to do the same.
The Republican governor supports legislation to prohibit most abortions on unborn babies after 15 weeks, and polls consistently show most Americans support such limits.
During an appearance Monday, Youngkin was asked about abortion, and he reaffirmed his commitment to protecting unborn babies from abortion after the first trimester, VPM reports. …
The pro-life legislation would protect unborn babies by banning most elective abortions after 15 weeks. Exceptions after that point would be allowed for cases involving rape, incest or risks to the mother’s life.
Right now, Virginia allows unborn babies to be aborted for any reason up to about 26 weeks, which is past viability, and more than 16,000 unborn babies are aborted every year, according to state government data.
Olivia Gans Turner, president of Virginia Society for Human Life, said her organization would like to see every unborn baby’s life protected, but there is not enough support in the state legislature right now to do that.
“This is not a point in history in Virginia where such legislation would have any legs,” Turner said. “I think that’s where we would focus at this stage of the game — laws that most Virginians think are rational.”
She said she hopes lawmakers will consider other pro-life bills that have strong public support, including one to add information about pregnancy and parenting resources, including pregnancy resource centers, on the state health department website, according to the report. …
Virginia likely will see more abortions as a result of pro-life laws in neighboring states.
Last week, North Carolina passed a bill to protect unborn babies from abortion after 12 weeks. …
If the law goes into effect, Planned Parenthood of Virginia executive director Jamie Lockhart told VPM that they expect more women will come to Virginia for later abortions. …
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(Excerpt from LifeNews. Photo Credit: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)
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