Thursday, August 23, 2012 Olivia L. Gans Turner Margaret H. Disney
Pro-life Plank Will Save Lives
Virginia Society for Human Life is very encouraged by the new Republican Party Platform’s pro-life plank. The plank reflects the pro-life position held by the majority of American and many Virginians. It also reflects the views held by the 2012 Republican Presidential ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
VSHL is grateful to Governor Bob McDonnell, Chairman of the Platform Committee, for his excellent leadership on this issue. He has been a steadfast defender of innocent human life here in Virginia and now at the national level as well.
The platform reads, "Faithful to the 'self-evident' truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed." With this stand the Republican Party has once again taken the bold step of being the defender of life from the beginning and thereby becoming the party of life.
Recent attempts in Congress to pass a “prevention of sex selection abortion” bill and the DC Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act are indicative of the kind of reasonable and protective laws that will be pursued by the next Congress and Administration. It is therefore imperative that Americans elect a pro-life majority to the Senate and House, and the White House. Virginia is critical to that effort!
As in previous elections, VSHL understands that the pro-life position taken by the Republican Party Platform Committee will be seen as a positive by many voters. Consistently, over the last twenty years, pro-life candidates who support right to life of unborn children do gain votes at the polls. There is a measurable margin of victory for pro-life candidates from voters that vote specifically on this issue.
“VSHL is thrilled that Virginia’s Gov. McDonnell played such an important role in protecting the lives of the youngest and most vulnerable Americans with this powerful plank. We look forward to Victory this fall for pro-life candidates across Virginia and the rest of America.” said Olivia Gans Turner, President of VSHL.
Virginia Society for Human Life is the oldest pro-life state-wide organization in the nation with chapters throughout the Commonwealth, celebrating 45 years of supporting life issues.
FOR A PRO-LIFE AMERICA
National Right to Life Praises Romney-Ryan Ticket
WASHINGTON – Today, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, praised Governor Mitt Romney’s choice of pro-life Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate. National Right to Life announced its endorsement of Governor Romney in April.
“We are thrilled that Paul Ryan has been selected to run with Governor Romney. Congressman Ryan has a deep, abiding respect for all human life, including unborn children and their mothers, the disabled, and the elderly,” said National Right to Life President Carol Tobias. “Together, they form a solid pro-life ticket that truly represents the pro-life majority in the United States.”
In his previous elections for the U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan has received the endorsement of both National Right to Life and its state affiliate, Wisconsin Right to Life.
Ryan has maintained a 100 percent pro-life voting record on all roll call votes scored by National Right to Life through his entire tenure in the House, which began in 1999. This includes support for the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, and most recently the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, among others.
In a February 2009, op-ed published in The Journal Times of Racine, Wis., Ryan wrote, “Personally, I believe that life begins at conception, and it is for that reason that I feel we need to protect that life as we would protect other children…I remain committed to restoring the value of human life and fighting for the rights of the unborn…Most importantly, we must ensure that the most vulnerable among us – both unborn children and mothers struggling with unplanned pregnancies – are afforded the compassion and opportunities they need to choose life.”
“The pro-life Romney-Ryan team stands in sharp contrast to the avowed pro-abortion administration of Barack Obama and Joe Biden,” Tobias added. “With the election of a Romney-Ryan ticket, America, and her children, will be in good hands.”
CAMP JOSHUA COMES TO VIRGINIA!
VSHL hosts first-ever teen pro-life camp, Camp Joshua Virginia, August 3-5 in Staunton Virginia!
CAMP JOSHUA UPDATE:
Camp Joshua is starting tomorrow!!! Registrations for camp are basically complete.
A Tremendous THANK YOU for all the folks who registered and all our campers! Let's all wish them the best as they have one of the best experiences of their summer!!!
If you need to make an inquiry about the camp or wish to donate, please call (703) 994-8720.
Camp Joshua is a weekend camp designed to inspire and equip high school students to be pro-life leaders now and in the future. It covers all the basics of the pro-life issues in hands-on workshops and activities. Want more info? Contact Megan McCrum at firstname.lastname@example.org .
From the Arlington Catholic Herald:
Camp to create leaders for life
A new pro-life camp for teens will cover abortion, stem-cell research and euthanasia.
Campers in Texas --Teens prepare to make a splash at a pro-life camp in Texas. Camp Joshua, a similar camp held Aug. 3-5 in Staunton, will include workshops and recreational activities, including swimming, campfires and a scavenger hunt.
Camp Joshua, held in Staunton Aug. 3-5, is sponsored by the Virginia Society for Human Life and the Life and Leadership Youth Camp Initiative, developed in part through National Right to Life. The camp is based on a model used in a number of states, including Texas, Louisiana and New York.
Olivia Gans Turner, president of the Virginia Society for Human Life and a parishioner of St. Timothy Parish in Chantilly, said the three-day program was developed in part as a response to young people’s growing, enthusiastic commitment to the pro-life movement. She said it’s the first camp of its kind in Virginia.
Honoring Geline B. Williams Mrs. Geline B. Williams, VSHL director to the National Right to Life Committee,
and Chairman of the Board for NRLC,
was awarded the Commonwealth Catholic Charities Community Service Award for the Individual on May 3, 2012. We are so proud of Mrs. Williams and all that she does to support and protect innocent human life throughout the Commonwealth.
Geline is truly an ambassador for LIfe in all that she does! I was pleased to attend this event along with other representatives from Virginia Society for Human Life and the National Right to Life Committee and to help honor with Geline Williams for her work as an outstanding and extraordinary volunteer. * READ MORE HERE * READ MORE HERE*
The Alex and Geline Williams Pro-Life Oratory Contest
The winners of the Virginia Society for Human Life, Inc., Educational Fund, Alex and Geline Williams Pro-Life Oratory Contest held in Richmond, Virginia on April 28th are: first place was Miss Karilyn Sanford of Chesapeake, VA, sponsored by the VSHL Tidewater Chapter; the second place winner was Mr. Michael Rangel of Clifton, VA, sponsored by Seton School; and the third place winner was Miss Marie Connole of Alexandria, VA, sponsored by Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School.
“This program gives high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to speak in defense of the unalienable right to life of all human beings and on the urgent need to protect them from the tragedy of abortion, infanticide, euthanasia and embryonic stem cell research,” stated Michele Arocha Allen, coordinator of the VSHL contest.
On January 11 the Virginia General Assembly started their 2012 session. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the members in both the Virginia Senate and the House of Delegates as they begin the important work of the Session. Welcome in particular to all the newly elected members in both houses, many of whom are pro-life.
VSHL is very hopeful that during this year’s session we will see pro-life legislation proceed through the General Assembly. We are looking forward to working closely with our representatives at the GA to successfully pass the most protective legislation possible for the unborn, those with disabilities, and the dependent elderly.
There will be a number of bills that will draw our attention and support, including bills that will seek to ban deadly embryonic stem cell research in Virginia. Also on that list to watch is a bill to expand access to information for women before an abortion, including the chance to view an ultra-sound image of their own child.
The number one priority of VSHL will be to see the passage of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This important bill, which also enjoys the support of the Family Foundation and the Virginia Catholic Conference, will, if passed, ban all abortion after the point in the pregnancy when the unborn child can feel pain. This is a powerful new law that has already passed in 5 states, Nebraska, Idaho, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Alabama. It is our hope that Virginia will become number six! Your help and support will make that happen.
Let me encourage all of you to send a message to your representatives this week, welcoming them back to Richmond and also asking for their support for important and reasonable pro-life legislation, like the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. They have a chance to do the right thing and provide true protection for the unborn and other innocent human life this year and we are counting on them to do it well.
Virginia Society for Human Life congratulates the winners in yesterday’s elections and celebrates the victory of so many pro-life candidates. The voice of the people of Virginia has been heard clearly, and that voice is decidedly pro-life!
Eleven of VSHL endorsed candidates for the Virginia Senate were elected yesterday along with twenty-one endorsed members of the House of Delegates. A total of four new pro-life members were elected to the State Senate, along with eighteen incumbent pro-life Senators. This means that there is now, after many years, a pro-life majority of twenty-two members of the Virginia Senate.
"This election proves that the pro-life increment is decisive in close races. We devoted our efforts to educating voters on the extreme voting records of pro-abortion incumbent senators. As of this writing, pro-life challenger Bryce Reeves leads pro-abortion incumbent State Sen. Edd Houck, in a race where the life issue was dominant in the closing days of the campaign,” said Holly Smith, Chairman of the VSHL PAC.
In the House of Delegates twelve new pro-life members were elected. Fifty-seven pro-life incumbents held on to their seats to bring the total number of the pro-life majority to sixty-nine. VSHL PAC, Virginia’s only single issue, pro-life Political action committee, worked throughout theCommonwealth to help elect pro-life candidates by defeating pro-abortion incumbents Robin Abbott and Minority Leader Ward Armstrong, as well as Bill Barlow, who had a mixed voting record on life issues.
“The will of the people of Virginia has spoken and it is clearly pro-life”, said Olivia Gans, President. “We look forward to working with all the members of the General Assembly in 2012 in order to pass truly protective legislation for the unborn and their mothers, those with disabilities, and the elderly.” VSHL is committed to the protection of innocent human life from conception to natural death.
Moving forward abortion | Q&A with Virginia Society of Human Life president about clinic regulations, women and abortion | byAlicia Constant -- Originally published in World Magazine at http://www.worldmag.com/virginia/18262