Pro-Life Advocates See Major Opportunity in upcoming Virginia Races

By Karen Cross, Political Director

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All the eyes of the political world are on the Commonwealth of Virginia which has its state elections in just 53 days. In a state that has trended toward Democrats in recent cycles, Republican candidates are running virtually even in key races for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General.

In 2016, Hillary Clinton carried the state by 5 points with Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate. In 2018, three pro-abortion Democrats flipped U.S. House seats, defeating three incumbent pro-life Republicans. Four years later, Joe Biden won Virginia by 10 points on his way to becoming President.

Democrats currently hold majorities in the Virginia House of Delegates and the state Senate. A casual observer could easily conclude that the Democrats should have the 2021 elections in the bag.

However, in fact, the competition is intense.

In the race for Virginia Governor, the latest poll of likely voters, conducted by The Trafalgar Group, found pro-abortion Democrat Terry McAuliffe with just a .03% lead (46.6%) over pro-life Republican Glenn Youngkin (46.3%). Trafalgar’s chief pollster Robert Cahaly told Townhall, “This has the making of a perfect storm for Republicans, with the national Democratic label being a little tarnished.”

Pro-abortion Democrat Terry McAuliffe served as Virginia Governor from 2014-2018 and now he is seeking another go at the job. Throughout his term, McAuliffe embraced the most radical elements of the abortion lobby’s agenda. He sided with the profit-driven abortion industry and left thousands of unborn Virginians and their mothers at risk.

McAuliffe supported controversial legislation that would have expanded abortion for any reason through all nine months of pregnancy. The legislation, sponsored by Delegate Kathy Tran, would have even opened the door for infants who survive botched abortions to be denied appropriate medical care and left to die. (The legislation caused a national firestorm and was defeated by pro-life lawmakers.)

With McAuliffe as governor, pro-life legislative progress would once again grind to a halt. McAuliffe vowed to veto key legislation to protect unborn babies at 20 weeks, a point by which they are capable of experiencing great pain when being killed by dismemberment or other late abortion methods. In fact, he often describes himself as a “brick wall” to “any and all” attempts to protect the unborn.

It should come as no surprise that McAuliffe is supported by the political arm of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest chain of abortion clinics. McAuliffe supports using taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions, and he even vetoed legislation as governor that would have prevented taxpayer dollars from funding abortion clinics.

By contrast, Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin is pro-life and supports legislation to protect unborn children. Youngkin has stated his opposition to McAuliffe’s extreme position of abortion on demand for any reason at any point during pregnancy and his support for taxpayer funding of abortion. In a letter to pro-life advocates, Youngkin stated,

As the next Governor of Virginia, I will proudly stand up for the unborn and their mothers. I believe life begins at conception. My views are formed not only by my faith, but by science as well. Instead of working to expand late-term abortion in Virginia, I’ll proudly advocate to limit abortions when the unborn child can feel pain…Further, I will protect Virginia taxpayers from paying for abortions.”

Youngkin is endorsed by National Right to Life and the NRL Virginia state affiliate, the Virginia Society for Human Life (VSHL).

The other two key races, for Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General, also feature pro-life Republicans facing pro-abortion Democrats. In the Lieutenant Governor’s race, Winsome Sears, a former member of the Virginia House of Delegates with a strong pro-life record, is taking on Hala Ayala, who is currently serving in the House of Delegates and has been a reliable vote for the abortion lobby.

For Attorney General, Jason Miyares, a member of the House of Delegates and a former prosecutor, faces incumbent Mark Herring, who has used the Attorney General’s office as a roadblock to pro-life progress.

As the margins narrow, it is vital that every pro-life Virginian make their voices heard in the elections. Pro-life victories are not possible without our votes!

Early voting begins September 17th and Election Day is November 2nd.

An additional resource to share with your pro-life family, friends, and church community is this comparison flyer. (https://www.nrlc.org/uploads/records/VA-GovComparison.pdf)

Voters deserve to know where the candidates stand on this important issue!