Save the Life-Saving Hyde Amendment!

In a shocking move on July 15, the first steps were taken to remove the life-saving Hyde Amendment from the annual federal Labor-Health and Human Services Appropriations (Labor-HHS) bill. The Hyde Amendment has prevented the use of US taxpayer funds to pay for abortion under federal programs including Medicaid. This is the first time in the 45-year history of the Hyde Amendment, which has been credited with saving millions of lives, ...

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Pro-abortion Governor Ralph Northam is at it again!

Another pro-abortion bill is made law in Virginia. Yesterday the office of the Governor announced that he had signed 80 bills into law.  Among them were HB1896 (sponsor: Hudson-D) and SB 1276 (sponsor: McClellan-D) which together removed the state prohibition against funding abortions under health care exchanges offered by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  With the growing attacks on the Hyde Amendment in Washington DC, it is only a matter of time ...

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Pro-Abortion Majority in U.S. House Passes “Equality Act”

Strips Away Conscience Rights for Doctors and Creates a Right to Demand an Abortion. On a mostly party line vote the House of Representatives voted 224-206 on February 25th to pass H. R. 5, the so-called Equality Act.  This dreadful bill will have the effect of virtually requiring all doctors and medical personal to perform or assist in abortion, regardless of their ethical or religious objections. VSHL alerted our members earlier this ...

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Virginia General Assembly Opens the Door to Expanded Taxpayer Funded Abortions

      The pro-abortion majority at the General Assembly successfully moved their agenda forward this month with the passage of two bills that will remove prohibitive, protective language in the law that prevents funding elective abortions in health care exchanges sold in Virginia.  Claims that this bill will not require new abortion funding are questionable because of the way these plans are funded.  Both bills passed in each Chamber ...

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VSHL in the News

VSHL President Olivia Gans Turner was interviewed in a story on legislation that lead to taxpayer funding of abortions. The story appeared in January on WAVY's website. From the story: In a hearing earlier this week, McLellan said removing the prohibition would not lead to taxpayers paying for abortions. However, Olivia Gans Turner, president of the Virginia Society for Human Life, disagrees. “While SB 1276 doesn’t require that plans cover abortion yet, ...

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Parents’ Right to Know Under Attack

This week, the Virginia House of Delegates will vote on a bill recently passed by the Virginia Senate, which ensures parental involvement in their child's health. SB 1235 requires that, before any Virginia Department of Health staff or agent may speak with a minor on any sexual issue, including pregnancy, they must first have the consent of a parent. It is a straightforward bill that will reinforce Virginia's Parental Consent law. SB 1235 was introduced because of ...

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Urgent Action Now! The Senate and House bills that will remove the protective pro-life regulations prohibiting taxpayer funding of abortion in Virginia health care exchanges passed last week. Now those bills must be voted on again in the opposite Chamber of the General Assembly. This is our last chance to prevent this bill from being signed by pro-abortion Governor Ralph Northam. This is the first step to requiring Virginian taxpayers to ...

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HB 2199: Recognizing a Stillborn Child as a Member of a Family–UPDATE

HB 2199 is a bill that would acknowledge that a stillborn child was indeed a birth in a family. It recognizes that a couple preparing for the birth of that child should not be told that their baby wasn’t a child or a member of their family-- even as they are grieving the early death of that baby. The patron of this compassionate bill is Del. Chris Head (R-17). HB 2199 ...

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Helen M. Donovan

The Helen M. Donovan Memorial Award Essay Contest for High School Seniors

The Northern Virginia Chapter of the Virginia Society for Human Life (VSHL) issponsoring the Helen M. Donovan* Memorial Award Essay Contest. This contest isopen to high school seniors. ESSAY TITLE: Promoting the Culture of Life1st Award $1,000.002nd Award $500.00 “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good mendo nothing.” Edmund Burke As new and future voters, your actions will greatly affect the culture of ournation. Politics and even the ...

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July 1st, 2020: A Bad Day for Virginia’s Women and Children, A Good Day for Abortionists

Today, July 1, 2020, pro-life laws that took years to establish in Virginia’s code will be ripped away as the new laws passed in the 2020 General Assembly go into effect.  Pro-abortion groups will have much to celebrate, but the babies and mothers of Virginia will be left with no protection from the lies they are told by abortionists and the deadly reality of what abortion does to their children.  The right ...

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