I am committed to protecting the unborn. As a delegate, I have introduced legislation and budget amendments each session to protect Life.
Below are some of my current efforts:
In the 2020 session, I introduced HB 1551 Abortion; fetal dismemberment prohibited, but the Democrat majority refused to even put the bill on a docket for a hearing. A budget amendment I introduced to prohibit Virginia taxpayer funds being used to abort babies which may have disabilities was also defeated on a 52-45 party-line vote.
In the 2019 session, I succeeded in my long-standing effort to prohibit taxpayer-funded disability-selection abortions in Virginia.
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.
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.
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