Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act delayed in Virginia, VSHL vows to reintroduce in 2016

 

Editor’s note. The following was sent out by the Virginia Society for Human Life [VSHL], NRLC’s state affiliate.

Virginia Delegate Dave LaRock

Virginia Delegate Dave LaRock

VSHL is very sad to report that unborn babies who can feel pain are still waiting for protection in Virginia.

The Virginia House Courts of Justice Constitutional Law Sub-Committee failed to advance the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. HB 232I was tabled on Friday when committee members got “tangled in the weeds” of the Virginia code and how this bill might affect it.

Unfortunately, due to the fact that this is a “short session” year at the General Assembly, several members of the committee felt that the details of this important bill could not receive the appropriate amount of discussion that it deserved before the “crossover” deadline this week [when a bill must be sent over to the Senate].

So this means that the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act will not advance this year. There is a consensus, however, that this bill should be introduced again next year. VSHL is committed to seeing that this bill does get introduced again as soon as possible. Your help to prepare for that opportunity will be critical.

We are deeply grateful to the bill’s chief patron, Delegate Dave LaRock, for his serious and heartfelt effort to trying to pass this bill this year. We know that his commitment to protecting unborn children will continue in future years at the General Assembly. Please send him your gratitude!

We are also grateful to all thirty members of the House of Delegates and five Virginia Senators who stepped up to become co-patrons of HB2321. Please take a moment to thank them and encourage them to work even harder to see that pro-life legislation like this is passed next year. If your Senator or Delegate is not on the list please ask them to support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act next year. You can find out who your Senator and Delegate are and their contact information on the VSHL website.

Thank you to everyone of you who took the time to contact your legislators, We are certain that HB2321 had so many co-sponsors because you were contacting your Delegates and Senators! It is critically important that we make our voices heard at the General Assembly. We must continue to be a voice for the voiceless!

Thank you, as well, to those of you who helped to spread the word about this life saving bill and prayed for its success. Everything you do helps educate others.

Sincerely,

Olivia Gans Turner, President
VSHL