Today, Governor McAuliffe has vetoed a common sense bill that would have ensured that legitimate Virginia healthcare programs that do not perform or promote abortion received priority state funding before any organization that does abortions.
This bill, HB-2264, patroned by Delegates Ben Cline and Dave LaRock, was designed to support state programs that actually do provide women with prenatal care and other much need health services under Medicaid and to get the Commonwealth of Virginia out of the business of abortion. Sadly, once again we see that the Governor's commitment to his pro-abortion political backers takes precedence over the will of the people of Virginia who do not want their taxes paying to support abortions or abortion promoters like Planned Parenthood.
Growing evidence suggests that the only thing that the women of Virginia can find at these abortion facilities is an abortion. None of Planned Parenthood's Virginia locations offer prenatal care.
Virginia Society for Human Life is not surprised that Terry McAuliffe has sided with his pro-abortion allies.
"He has proven for the last four years that Planned Parenthood and the abortion lobby can depend on him to abandon the women and unborn children of the Commonwealth every time," said Olivia Gans Turner, President of Virginia Society for Human Life. "Now he is proving that he does not care that Virginians do not want our taxes paying for abortion either. This is solid evidence that Virginia needs a pro-life governor to respect the action of Virginia's elected officials and the will of the people of this state."
February 9, 2017
This week at the General Assembly, it was decided by the Chairman of the House Courts of Justice Committee to lay aside the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection bill, HB-1473 due to fears that the bill would not be able to successfully survive a possible challenge in the Virginia Senate and an absolutely certain veto by pro-abortion Governor McAuliffe.
There is great optimism that the bill will be able to pass out of the General Assembly without significant or weakening amendments next year. The real hope is that there will also be a pro-life governor elected this November who will sign it into law, so that Virginia can be counted among those states that are currently protecting helpless unborn children capable of feeling pain from a horrific death by abortion.
VSHL remains committed to working closely with pro-life legislators at the General Assembly to move this bill forward in the very near future. Please remember to thank your legislator if he or she signed on as a co-patron this session. If not, please make it your duty to ask for their support next year.
It is essential that we all keep talking to neighbors, family and friends about this life saving bill which will protect some of the most vulnerable among us. There is more info on the VSHL website and our Facebook page.
Please help VSHL spread the word.
Thank you all,
Olivia Gans Turner
President, Virginia Society for Human Life
January 10, 2017
This is it!
The 2017 Virginia General Assembly gets underway tomorrow. This year is a "short session" due to the election year, so we have a very tight window, only 45 days, to try and get things done to save unborn babies!
Have you contacted your Delegate and Senator yet to ask for their support of HB 1473, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act?
One of the most important things they can do to help move this bill forward successfully this year is to become a co-patron of the bill. They may not do so if they don't think you support this bill too!
Yes, it is true that Virginia's current outspoken pro-abortion governor has made it very clear that he intends to veto this and any other pro-life legislation that might get to his desk. Well let's call him on it!
In a poll taken on election night it became obvious that there is a powerful majority in favor of legislation like this that can protect the lives of babies old enough to feel pain in the womb by 20 weeks. Gov. McAuliffe is out of step with 64% of Americans who support this kind of law, as well as 74% of millennials, 67% of women, 70% of Black Americans and 57% of Hispanic voters.
Let's make sure our voices are added to that support at the General Assembly this week.
It is so easy for you to connect with your legislators. Please use this link to find yours and email them or place a quick call. Each call is counted and they do matter!
Please remember that you can support the work of VSHL lobbying team as well by making a donation to the Legislative fund. We are so grateful for you continued help! you can make a donation here.
Let's make our voices heard loud and clear that we want to see stronger life saving laws like HB 1473 passed! Let's work together and move this game-changing legislation one step closer to being signed into law!
Thank you, Olivia Gans Turner President, Virginia Society for Human Life
Let's send a clear message to McAuliffe & Northam!
Do you know how pro-abortion Virginia's Lt. Governor, Ralph Northam is? Well, he just made public comments opposing the latest version of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Act which was just signed in to law in Ohio!
Apparently, he has no compassion for the helpless little unborn children who suffer the horrific death cause by abortion. Lt. Gov. Northam is using is position to generate opposition in Virginia to efforts of pro-life legislators to pass this protective law. His comments to a Virginia Democratic group are full of typical fear mongering and false narratives regarding this legislation.
Why you ask? Well, looking at his perfect pro-abortion voting record while in the Virginia Senate it is clear that he is in the pocket of the abortion industry, just like Gov. McAuliffe! Together they will work harder than ever to prevent this important bill from passing in the General Assembly during the 2017 session.
This reasonable bill has already successfully enacted in 15 states. Unborn babies lives are being saved in those states and it is time for Virginia to see this happen here. By 20 weeks in the womb, medical science can measure the pain that the unborn can feel. The unborn's ability pain is so highly sensitive that what they feel is profoundly more excruciating that what you and I feel, yet, abortionists claim this science is bogus. These laws cut into the abortion industry's profit and so they and their lackey's in the General Assembly will oppose this bill with all their might.
Won't you please help us hold strong against these attacks?
The 2017 General Assembly will begin on January 11, 2017. Del. LaRock, (R-33) has submitted the new bill. It is so important that our legislators show their support for this bill, HB-1473. They can do that best by becoming a co-patron. Your phone calls and emails right now will show them that there is public support for the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act here in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Pro-abortion forces are already contacting the Members' offices. I know it's Christmas time but we must do all that we can right away to make sure that our elected officials don't think we want them to sit out another session because of pro-abortion opposition. Let's ask them to send a clear message to pro-abortion Lt. Governor Northam and Gov. McAuliffe that they can't stop pro-life laws by making speeches and threatening vetoes.
It only take a couple of minutes to send and email or call an leave a message. You can use this link to help you find the information you need to contact your legislators today!
Remember, it will take a great deal to communicate with the public about this bill. Your contributions now help VSHL do the hard work needed in Richmond and around Virginia.
Thank you and many hopes for you and yours at this season!
Olivia Gans Turner President, Virginia Society for Human Life
The Virginia Society for Human Life (VSHL) has a chance to be handed up to $18,000. That’s right – eighteen thousand dollars!
That’s eighteen thousand that can -- and will –- immediately be put to use in our ongoing efforts to protect and defend the the unborn, those with disabilities or serious illness, and the vulnerable elderly.
A group of loyal VSHL supporters has offered to match dollar for dollar up to $18,000 whatever VSHL can raise in the month of December.
These funds are vital to helping VSHL keep our important pro-life work going strong in 2017. Our 2017 Legislative Agenda includes passing the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and defunding Planned Parenthood at both the Federal and State level. Our education programs include the annual Oratory Contest and Camp Joshua, our pro-life camp for Virginia teens.
Which is why we absolutely must meet this December 31 deadline to ensure we receive the full $18,000 Matching Fund.
or the VSHL Education Fund (tax-deductible). Click on one of the buttons below to donate online or mail your check payable to either VSHL or VSHL Education Fund (tax-deductible) to VSHL 6767 Forest Hill Ave, Suite 305 Richmond, VA 23225.
Protects Unborn Babies Who Can Feel Pain from Abortion
Yesterday, on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, the Virginia Society for Human Life announced that the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (HB2321) has been introduced by Del. David A. LaRock (R-33) into this year’s General Assembly.
This important bill will prevent abortions in Virginia after the point in pregnancy when medical science has determined that an unborn child can feel pain. These unborn babies should be protected under the law from the excruciating pain caused by abortion.
Pro-life Virginians have done so much to move this Commonwealth to becoming one that respects and saves even the smallest and most vulnerable lives. Recent Virginia statistics indicate that abortion rates are coming down. Many of those numbers reflect the effect of the reasonable and protective laws we have seen passed in the General Assembly.
We continue to face new challenges to ensure that innocent lives are once again protected under the law.Unborn children and their mothers are still threatened by aggressive and dangerous abortion promoters throughout Virginia.
“The passage of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act will save these precious unborn babies from a horrific death at the hands of abortionists. It is the humane thing to do,” said Olivia Gans Turner.
Virginia Society for Human Life is the first statewide pro-life organization in the Country and the Virginia affiliate of National Right to Life Committee.
The effort to undermine the protective and reasonable abortion facility regulations called for by the Virginia General Assembly in 2011 continue to be under attack from Virginia's pro-abortion Governor, Terry McAuliffe and the radically pro-abortion individuals he has recently appointed to the state Board of Health. He is clearly committed to following through on his campaign promises to the abortion lobby! Please read this important story from NRL News with more details on what Gov. McAuliffe is trying to do.
The next public hearing on this matter will be on Dec. 4th. Before then we must educate our neighbors about the ugly facts behind the closed doors of abortion facilities all over Virginia! While abortion will never be made safe because a baby dies in ever one, the governor must not be allowed to over rule the will of the people as voted on by the General Assembly four years ago.
Ask Gov. McAuliffe to stop protecting the abortion industry and protect the women of this state from reckless abortionists!
Call him at 804-786-2211 or use this link to send him an email.
Here is the statement Virginia Society for Human Life before the Virginia Board of Health in support of the abortion facility regulations.
June 5, 2014
Good morning Dr. Levine, Mr. Chairman, and members of the Virginia Board of Health.
I am Maggie Disney of Richmond with the Virginia Society for Human Life. VSHL is very hopeful that the sensible and protective abortion facility regulations will be maintained by the members of the Board of Health.
The ramification of reversing the regulations will put women's safety at even greater risk of harm beyond the common risks always present in every abortion experience. Abortion is a tragedy which takes the life of an unborn child and without regulations, places the well being of women in great peril as well.
The evidence of recent investigations around Virginia indicate that the abortion industry is not regulating itself, so it is the responsibility of the Board of Health to follow through with these reasonable efforts as directed by the General Assembly in 2011.
Virginia Society for Human Life supports the wise and protective measures provided under the Informed Consent statute to protect the women of this great Commonwealth.
For further information: Olivia Gans Turner Margaret H. Disney 804.560.8745
Mark Herring puts abortion agenda over duty to rape victims
The Attorney General of Virginia, Mark Herring, has issued a deeply disturbing decision regarding the responsibility of Virginia abortion facility staff to report incidents of the rape of a minor age girl before performing an abortion on these young victims.
“This alarming decision on the part of the highest law enforcement official of the Commonwealth of Virginia proves without a doubt that elections have serious consequences. Attorney General Herring had a long record in the Virginia Senate of supporting abortion providers over the need to protect women and their unborn children. Now Virginians see that as Attorney General, he will continue to serve the interests of the abortion industry and those who commit acts of violence upon young girls.” said Olivia Gans Turner, VSHL President.
The decision, which was released two days before the last Virginia Board of Health meeting in September, rejects two previous decisions of prior Virginia Attorneys General that recognized the need to protect minors from sexual predators by reporting rape to the authorities.
Abortion promoters, such as Planned Parenthood, have a record of ignoring regulations like these and will continue to do so as long as pro-abortion elected officials continue to turn a blind eye. This is the real war on women!
The upcoming elections provide Virginians with the opportunity to make it clear that we do not appreciate pro-abortion politicians serving as cronies of the abortion industry. “It is vitally important that all Virginians know which candidates are pro-life and vote for them on Nov. 4th!.” Gans Turner added.
Virginia Society for Human Life (VSHL) is the first statewide pro-life organization in the United States and the Virginia affiliate of National Right to Life Committee.
For Immediate Release: For further information: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 Olivia Gans Turner Margaret H. Disney
Virginia Senate Majority Rejects Repeal of Protective Ultrasound Law
Due to a random procedural mistake in the voting process, the Senate of Virginia today repealed the state’s ultrasound law by default. However, one pro-life Senator, Chuck Colgan, D-29, accidently voted incorrectly during a second round of voting on the bill, SB 617. That caused a tie vote which was broken by pro-abortion Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam who cast his vote to repeal the protective law. An attempt to correct that mistake was rejected by a procedural vote. Thus a majority of the Senate rejects the repeal of the law.
“Pro-abortion forces in Virginia cannot rightfully claim victory on this matter since it has been made clear that if allowed to, the majority of Senators would have voted against this bill to repeal the ultrasound law,” said Olivia Gans Turner, VSHL President.
This bill, SB 617 will now be sent to the House of Delegates after Crossover on February 11th. Virginia Society for Human Life is hopeful that the House of Delegates will act to protect this reasonable pro-life law.
“Today’s attempt to repeal this important law is not in the best interest and well-being and rights of women,” said Gans Turner, VSHL President “Requiring that all abortionists perform an ultrasound allows women the best chance possible of getting all the facts they need about their unborn child before making the life and death decision of abortion.”
VSHL is very pleased that on another issue, in a vote that was a truer reflection of the pro-life majority in the Senate, SB 618 did not pass. That bill that would have reversed the law that prevents Virginia tax funds from paying for abortions under new health care exchanges. Two pro-life Democrats voted with the Republicans on that issue. “Virginia taxpayers have long opposed efforts to force them to pay for abortions. The current law respects that position.” Turner said.
Virginia Society for Human Life is the first statewide pro-life organization in the Country and the Virginia affiliate of National Right to Life Committee.
The Virginia Society for Human Life (VSHL) has a chance to be handed up to $15,000. That’s right – Fifteen Thousand Dollars!
That’s fifteen thousand that can -- and will –- immediately be put to use in our ongoing efforts to protect and defend the unborn, the sick, the disabled and the elderly.
A group of loyal VSHL supporters has offered to match dollar for dollar up to $15,000 whatever VSHL can raise in December.
Donations are vital to helping VSHL keep our important pro-life work going strong in 2014 and beyond.
Please donate today to the VSHL Educational Fund (tax-deductible) or to VSHL Legislative Fund. Click on the appropriate button below to donate online or mail your check payable to VSHL Educational Fund or VSHL Legislative Fund to VSHL 6767 Forest Hill Ave, Suite 270 Richmond, VA 23225.