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Life

I am committed to protecting the unborn. As a delegate, I have introduced legislation and budget amendments to protect Life each session.

Below are some of my current efforts:

Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

First enacted by the state of Nebraska in 2010, the model Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, drafted by National Right to Life's Department of State Legislation, is legislation which protects from abortion unborn children who are capable of feeling pain. Substantial medical evidence demonstrates that unborn children are capable of experiencing pain certainly by 20 weeks after fertilization. Under current law, innocent babies can and are subjected to abortion procedures which cause them to experience an excruciatingly painful death.

 

Read the 2017 Session Virginia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act here

See if your Delegate and Senator signed on as a Co-Patron here.

2016 was the second year I introduced this legislation, and we were able to get the bill out of the Constitutional Law subcommittee, but ran into difficulties in the full Courts of Justice Committee.

I am extremely disappointed that the collective will of our Republican majority did not get behind this effort sufficiently to send it to the Governor to become law.

Going forward, my team will continue to make passing this bill a high priority.

More information:

Constitutionality of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act -- July, 2013
Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Factsheet [PDF] - January, 2017
Factsheet: The Pain of the Unborn [PDF] - December, 2016
Doctors on Fetal Pain


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