By Olivia Gans Turner, VSHL President
Spring in Virginia is always beautiful and no less busy for pro-lifers than any other season. A court case in Richmond, multiple primary elections, speeches to mark the 100 year anniversary of women’s suffrage, the annual VSHL Oratory Contest, and an exhibit booth at the Home Educators Association of Virginia have kept the VSHL Team on our toes!
Virginia Laws in Court
The VSHL team continues to await the decision of the US District Court for the Eastern District of the U.S. in Falls Church Medical Center, LLC v Oliver. If the pro-abortion litigants are successful in challenging four Virginia laws, non-doctors will be allowed to perform abortions and protective regulations, including the state’s ultrasound law, may be eliminated.
The State wrapped up the defense last week. Witnesses for the Commonwealth of Virginia included a Board Certified OBGYN, Dr. Mary Catherine Slusher. Dr. Slusher testified about caring for a woman in an emergency room after a botched abortion that left the mother with infection and an incomplete abortion.
Virginia clinic inspector Deborah Marion testified that what she saw at some clinics was very concerning. “The waiting area was very dirty. There were holes in the walls. There was graffiti on the walls,” she said. “There was some confusion over who was in charge.”
The outcome of this case will not only affect Virginia laws but can have a ripple effect all over the country if non-doctors are allowed to perform abortions. More babies will die, and more mothers will be injured or killed.
U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson’s decision is expected this week or next.
Election season underway
All over the state, pro-life candidates are knocking on doors and greeting constituents at gatherings. VSHL PAC has made many new endorsements and many of those candidates are posting their endorsement on websites and Facebook. If you are wondering about a candidate’s position on the life issue be sure to ask him or her where they stand. It is good to tell candidates that you are a pro-life voter. Please help educate your neighbors and friends this year and get out and vote!
2019 Oratory Contestants Step Up to Share Pro-Life Message
The annual Alex and Geline B. Williams Oratory Contest was held in Richmond Virginia on May 4th. Sponsored by the Virginia Society for Human Life Educational Fund, the Oratory contest encourages high school juniors and seniors to prepare and present a short speech on one of these topics: abortion, infanticide, or euthanasia.
This year’s winners were all from the same Northern Virginia school . Each covered the material with passion and facts that represented the best of the next generation of pro-life leaders. The first-place winner will attend the National Right to Life Convention in Charleston, South Carolina July 5th and 6th, to compete in the national Jane Thompson B. Oratory Contest.
Virginia Federation of Republican Women welcomes VSHL President
I was honored to join over 100 women and men at the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center and Museum on June 2nd to address the anniversary of the U.S. Senate ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote in America.
I shared the proud legacy of the historic women who led that fight and who were also decidedly pro-life. I reflected on the tragic fact that the modern women’s movement is so committed to advancing a radical pro-abortion agenda that they have no relation to the core beliefs of those early women — brave women like Alice Paul, who along with other suffragists was imprisoned in 1917 at the Lorton location, and who once said that “Abortion is the ultimate exploitation of women.”
I was able to thank the group for their recent decision to adopt a position opposing infanticide in response to the dreadful comments of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. I urged the group to work as hard as possible together to elect a pro-life majority in this fall’s elections. The gathering was enthusiastic to stop pro-abortion candidates from gaining any more ground in our government.
Upcoming activities around Virginia
VSHL will have an exhibit at the Home Educators Association of Virginia Convention this week at the Richmond convention center. If you or your friends are going to be there too, please drop by and say hello. If you’d like to help with the exhibit please contact the VSHL Office; we can always use more help!