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Life

My June 24, 2022 statement on Justice Alito’s majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, overturning the Roe v. Wade and Casey decisions is here.

Current status of Virginia law, and where we go from here: https://afterroe.com/virginia/

Latest statistics on abortion in Virginia by locality, race and marriage status and by facility

Information on free, local resources available to women facing challenging pregnancies, including free ultrasounds, counseling, and supplies:

Research and facts about pregnancy and abortion:

 

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

2022 session- I introduced: 

2021 Session - I introduced HB 2241 Unborn child protection from dismemberment abortion; penalties. 

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.

2019 session: I succeeded in my long-standing effort to prohibit taxpayer-funded disability-selection abortions in Virginia.

2018 Session - I introduced HB 1182 Perinatal hospice and palliative care; notice.

2017 Session - I introduced HB 1473 Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act; penalty.

2016 Session - I introduced HB 963 Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act; penalty. as well as  HB 970 Fetal remains; disposition, penalty.

2015 Session - I introduced HB 2321 Virginia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act; penalty.

2014 Session - I introduced a budget amendment to stop taxpayer-funded abortions of disabled babies

 

Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

First enacted by the state of Nebraska in 2010, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act 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 Virginia 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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