Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act introduced in Virginia

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-life Virginia State Del. David LaRock, conferring with Olivia Gans Turner, president of the Virginia Society for Human Life. [Photo Credit: Richmond Times-Dispatch.]

Pro-life Virginia State Del. David LaRock, conferring with Olivia Gans Turner, president of the Virginia Society for Human Life. [Photo Credit: Richmond Times-Dispatch.]

Buoyed by the election of pro-life President Donald Trump and gains in the state legislatures, pro-lifers continue to introduce bills to save unborn babies capable of experiencing pain from the horrors of abortion.

The latest is in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The measure, HB 1473, introduced by pro-life State Del. David LaRock, follows a similar move by New Jersey and passage in Ohio.

Ingrid Duran, NRLC’s director of state legislation, told NRL News Today, “NRLC applauds all of Virginia’s pro-life leaders for introducing the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which, predictably, was immediately criticized by pro-abortion Democrats.”

Introduction of HB 1473 comes less than a week after Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed SB 127 into law. His signature raised to 15 the number of states that protect unborn babies capable of experiencing pain from the excruciating agony of abortion. Those states are Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

A survey taken election night found support for such a bill that extended across all demographic and geographic boundaries. For example

· Millennial voters — 78% support
· Women voters — 67% support
· African Americans — 70% support
· Hispanics — 57% support

Olivia Gans, president of the Virginia Society for Human Life, told NRL News Today, “This is a compassionate bill that recognizes the shared humanity of the unborn with all of us who can feel pain. It is a powerful bill that moves us closer to providing much needed protection to the most helpless members of our society.”

She also encouraged pro-life Virginians to “please take the time to contact your Virginia legislators this week or next and ask for their support of this reasonable bill.”

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