By Olivia Gans Turner, President, Virginia Society for Human Life (VSHL)
Less than one week in and already there is so much happening in Richmond at the General Assembly! There are quite a number of new bills that, as was predicted, are attempts to weaken existing pro-life laws or expand so that our taxes can be used to pay for abortions.
There are also some very positive bills as well. One in particular, HB 1182, that would provide information about access to compassionate medical care — perinatal hospice care — to parents facing the tragic diagnosis that their baby may not be able to survive after birth.
Del. Dave LaRock (R-33) is the chief patron of HB 1182. Please contact your Delegate today and ask him or her to become a co-patron of this important bill.
Among the bills that VSHL is opposing is SB 133, a bill that would alter the Woman’s Right to Know Law. SB133 allows women to opt out of getting the vital and lifesaving information about their own unborn child and the risks to their own health, that the current informed consent law requires an abortionist to provide before a mother makes the decision to abort her child.
Please contact your Senator and ask them to oppose this dangerous bill, SB 133.
One other bill of real concern to VSHL is SB222/HB 226, a bill that would grant doctors the right to remove life-sustaining treatment from patients against their, or their advocate’s, wishes. This is a complex issue but VSHL has worked hard with Virginia disabilities rights groups to attempt to get protective anti-discriminatory language into the bill, which has been introduced in both the House and Senate this year.
For now, may we ask you to contact your Senator and Delegate and ask them to oppose this bill unless specific anti-discrimination amendments from the VSHL and disability groups are accepted. The Senate bill is SB222 ( chief patron John Edwards), and HB 226 in the House (chief patron Christopher Stolle).
As I have told you before, your participation in this process is critical. Our representatives must hear from us. It is our duty and our privilege to live in a country that allows us to have such influence.
Please use this link [www.vshl.org/home.html] to find your Senator and Delegate.