Governor Youngkin’s Vetoes Bills that Allowed Abortionists to Evade Valid Interstate Laws

Virginia Society for Human Life applauds Pro-life Governor Youngkin for vetoing two bills that allowed abortionists and other abortion business providers to evade valid laws in other states. The effect of these bills would have been to place Virginia in a position of ignoring the right of other states to hold reckless abortionists accountable for the crimes they may have committed in other states that have passed protective pro-life laws. It would have placed abortionists in a unique class that is not afforded to any other medical professionals in Virginia.
The Governor correctly pointed out in his statement that these bills would place in jeopardy the long-standing relationship that Virginia has with other states regarding respecting the laws of other states.
“The extradition process among the states has a long and successful history within an established legal framework required by the U.S. Constitution. This bill would undermine that framework and disrupt the extradition laws in all fifty states. Our cooperative extradition system could collapse if individual states were to carve out crimes for which they would not recognize codified laws because of differing political positions.” Gov. Glenn Youngkin.
VSHL is also very aware that Virginia is being used as a destination state for abortions and that a law like this would have given cover to those bad actors who are willing to break laws in other states. In doing so these individuals are putting women’s lives at risk as well as killing their preborn children.
“Women in other states who may have been injured by abortion practitioners willing to break the laws of other places need to be sure that Virginia will not provide a hiding place for these rogue abortionists. Thank you, Governor Youngkin for rejecting this dangerous bill.” said Olivia Gans Turner, president of VSHL.

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