What a week it was! Pro-abortion majority Pushes their Agenda in Virginia!

It was hard, to say the least, but VSHL won’t stop fighting. They will not silence us!

By Olivia Gans Turner, President, Virginia Society for Human Life (VSHL)

The first week of the thirty-day-long 2021 Virginia General Assembly Session started off with a whirlwind. First up: an effort to remove more hard-won protective pro-life rules in our law so that pro-abortion forces could begin their big goal for 2021, making taxpayers pay for all abortions in Virginia.

Sadly, that bill, SB 1276, passed 20-17 in the Virginia Senate. The Republican Senators opposed it and they were joined by pro-life Democrat Senator Joe Morrisey. It will allow tax-funded abortion for any reason in Virginia’s health exchange.

On Tuesday the House passed its version. It will almost certainly lead to taxpayer-funded abortions.

The next bill on VSHL’s radar is HB 1922 (Marcia Price, D-95th), which will do two things. If it passes it will expand abortion funding under Virginia’s Medicaid plan to cover all elective abortions through all nine months of pregnancy for those enrolled. Medicaid is paid for by state funds provided from state taxes.

The second part of this bill will require that all private insurers in Virginia provide plans to employees that cover elective abortions. There is no option for an ethical exemption in Virginia. Only religious institutions are allowed to opt out of something like this.

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It is critical that citizens contact their Members of the House of Delegates immediately to voice their opposition. Use the VSHL Action Center to contact your Delegate about each of these bills. And please share with your friends!

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There is Good News Too!

The “PLAN for Her” program launched last year in Northern Virginia continues to grow and help link pregnancy resource programs from Arlington to the Rappahanock. VSHL has been proud to be a part of the development of this opportunity to provide more help to mothers facing complicated pregnancies in that region of the state.

We hope to see the same opportunity explored in the rest of the commonwealth soon. The work that all of our great mother-helping centers do everywhere in Virginia will certainly need more help in the years ahead.