Now that North Carolina has passed a bill to protect babies from abortions starting at 12 weeks, Governor Glenn Youngkin of Virginia says his state should be next.
As LifeNews reported, the Care for Women, Children and Families Act protecting unborn children at 12 weeks is now law in North Carolina following supermajority votes to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto.
Both chambers of the state legislature voted to override his veto of a modest bill to protect babies from abortions starting at 12 weeks.
Now, Governor Youngkin says his state needs to follow suit with some sort of pro-life legislation.
At an event in Virginia Beach, 13News Now asked Governor Youngkin how he felt about North Carolina’s 12-week ban and other regulations and if they aligned with his goals for Virginia.
“As soon as the Supreme Court ruling was rendered last summer, I reminded Virginians that I am a pro-life governor and I do believe in the exceptions in the case of rape or incest, or if the mother’s life is in jeopardy,” Youngkin said in response to the question. “I believe a place where Virginians could come together was around a 15-week bill, to protect life at 15 weeks.”
Unfortunately, Virginia Democrats have defeated the legislation Youngkin wants and pro-life voters in the state will need to vote in pro-life lawmakers in the next legislative election to have any hope of protecting babies from abortions.
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Meanwhile, the Planned Parenthood abortion business expects to kill more babies.
“We know it will have a ripple effect. All of these states banning abortion will cause more folks to travel out of state to Virginia to access care,” said Jamie Lockhart, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia. “It kind of remains to be seen, but we are anticipating thousands of patients will likely seek care in Virginia as a result of these bans.”
In response, the governor said, “I think the movement of folks around the United States is something every state is going to have to address or reconcile. I am really focused as I’m trying to serve all Virginians and bringing us around a bill to protect life at 15 weeks. I think we can get it done.”
Planned Parenthood provides very little help to pregnant women, but the new North Carolina pro-life law does.
This pro-woman legislation has $160 million in funding to help pregnant mothers including $75 million for childcare, $59 million for foster care, kinship care and children’s homes, $16 million to reduce infant and maternal mortality, and $3 million to help mothers complete college.
North Carolina law currently bans nearly all abortions after 20 weeks, so the new legislation would provide further protecting for babies from abortions. The new measure would provide limited exceptions for cases of rape, incest or fetal abnormality and currently law already provides a life of the mother exception.
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