Virginia is the last Southern state that has still not approved legislation protecting babies from abortions. The big reason is because Democrats in the state legislature are strongly pro-abortion and have blocked pro-life legislation at every turn.
But with state legislative elections this fall, pro-life advocates have a chance to turn the tide. And they have a receptive governor in Gov. Glen Youngkin who agrees that babies should be protected from abortions.
Youngkin says if Republicans take control of the General Assembly this fall, he would support a pro-life bill protecting unborn children.
Currently, abortions are allowed virtually up to birth in Virginia. Youngkin is supporting legislation that has been discussed that would protect unborn babies starting at 15 weeks.
Q: “You’re eyeing a 15-week abortion ban, can you explain why 15 weeks?”
I believe there’s a moment for Virginians to come together on a very difficult topic, Virginia has elected a pro-life governor. I did feel after the Supreme court rendered a decision that we can come together to protect life at 15 weeks when a baby still feels pain. This is a place where Virginians have by majority dad they would support fewer abortions, and we can demonstrate that we can come together around this most difficult topic,” Governor Youngkin said.
While pro-life advocates want to protet babies from conception or at least when their heartbeat is detectable at 6 weeks, 15 weeks may be the best the legislature can do.
Youngkin previously indicated support for the bill.
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“When it comes to unborn children, we can come together. We can choose life, and choose to support mothers, fathers and families in difficult decisions,” Youngkin said. “It is clear Virginians want fewer abortions, not more.”
Polling conducted after the Dobbs Supreme Court decision found that: 1) 72% of Americans – including 75% of women, 70% of Independents and 60% of rank-and-file Democrats – believe there should be limits on abortion no later than 15 weeks of pregnancy and 2) only 10% of Americans agree with the Democratic Party platform of abortion on demand until birth.
Meanwhile, in Virginia, women’s health and pregnancy centers outnumber Planned Parenthood abortion centers 24 to one.
As LifeNews reported, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, with a 6-3 majority ruling in the Dobbs case that “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion” — allowing states to ban abortions and protect unborn babies. The high court also ruled 6-3 uphold the Mississippi 15-week abortion ban so states can further limit abortions and to get rid of the false viability standard.
Chief Justice John Roberts technically voted for the judgment but, in his concurring opinion, disagreed with the reasoning and said he wanted to keep abortions legal but with a new standard.
“Abortion presents a profound moral question. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives,” Alito wrote.
“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences,” Alito wrote. “And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.”
Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer authored a joint dissent condemning the decision as enabling states to enact “draconian” restrictions on women.
Polls show Americans are pro-life on abortion and a new national poll shows 75% of Americans essentially agree with the Supreme Court overturning Roe.
Despite false reports that abortion bans would prevent doctors from treating pregnant women for miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies, pro-life doctors confirm that is not the case. Some 35 states have laws making it clear that miscarriage is not abortion and every state with an abortion ban allows treatment for both.
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