As most of you are aware two years ago the Virginia General Assembly passed legislation that requires new regulations on abortion facilities throughout Virginia. Virginia Society for Human Life has been supportive of this effort to curb the actions of unscrupulous abortionists.
The ongoing process to impose these new regulations, which has involved many heated hearings before the Virginia Board of Health, is almost at an end. Just at the end of 2012 pro-life Governor Bob McDonnell signed the final recommendations from the Board of Health.
Currently there are emergency regulations in place. The final step to making the new regulations permanent is a public comment period. During this period the Board of Health is open for comments on the proposed permanent regulations. One portion of the public comment period will be two public forums. One is in Richmond on March 7th and the other is in Alexandria on March 12th.
The Richmond meeting on March 7nd will be held at 1 p.m., on the 2nd floor, 9960 Mayland Drive, Henrico, VA 23233.
The Alexandria meeting on March 12th will be held at the John Marshall Public Library, 6209 Rose Hill Drive, Alexandria, VA 22310, at 1 p.m.
There will be a need to have a positive and peaceful pro-life presence at this hearing. Please consider joining other pro-life people at these public hearings. Hopefully some folks will be able to get into the meetings, although we do not think there will be much room inside. Others will hold vigil outside and show a strong pro-life perspective to the media.
For those who do get inside, please make a short and simple statement that states your support for these reasonable and protective new regulations. That you want to see womenâ€™s lives protected from the unregulated and unscrupulous abortion industry in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Remember to state your name, where you live, and to say thank you!
If you can't join us at any of the public hearings, you may also comment on theseÂ reasonable new regulationsÂ on the Board of Health on-line Public Comment Forum.Â Â TimeÂ is running out to do so. Comments will close March 29, 2013. Please express your support for the common-sense health and safety standards that have been proposed, via theÂ board online forum, http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/comments.cfm?stageid=6315Â You can add your comments to the forum by clicking â€œenter a commentâ€ and then simplyÂ state in you own words that you are supportive of these new regulations. You may want to add that while you know that no abortion can ever be truly safe, because a baby always dies during every abortion, you believe strongly that women must be protected from dangerous situations in unregulated abortion facilities in Virginia.
For more information please contact the VSHL office in Richmond.
After our great success at the Virginia Stands for Life Rally in Richmond last week, VSHL made the commitment to you and to our legislators that we would stay in contact on important pro-life issues as they came up in this year’s General Assembly session.
This is the first alert of the year regarding life-saving legislation. Please read the information below and then contact all the members of the Senate Education & Health Committee. If you are constituent of one of the senators, please let him/her know.
Please follow the directions included when contacting their offices.
Thank you for being a voice for Life! -- Olivia Gans Turner
VSHL Legislative Action Alert
SB 826 – Abortion Funding
Virginia Senate Education & Health Committee will meet
Thursday, Jan. 17th on SB 826 in Senate Room B at 8:30 a.m.
Since 1976 the Hyde amendment has put restrictions on abortions funded by the federal government through the federal Medicaid program. Abortions are only paid with federal funds in case of rape and incest and for the life of the mother. Virginia is one of the few states that pay for non-federally funded abortions.
The Virginia Society for Human Life supports SB826 which would stop abortion funding to the fullest extent possible under federal law.
Action Requested: Please contact all the members of the Senate Education and Health Committee and ask that they support SB 826 as presented without any amendments. Be sure to include your name and address.
Much has been written about the effect of abortion on the 2012 presidential race and the apparent sudden shift in polls from the pro-life plurality (or majority, which we have seen in recent years) to a plurality or bare majority self identifying as pro-choice.
What has not been reported is that 1) of those who voted on the basis of abortion, the pro-life vote for pro-life candidates essentially equaled the pro-abortion vote for pro-abortion candidates; and 2) basic attitudes on abortion itself have not changed. A plurality, or even majority, of the public continues to oppose the vast majority of abortions that are actually performed.
I know just how you feel today! It hurts! It makes us angry. It is profoundly bewildering. Still, it is the American way.
We gave our best efforts to persuade our fellow Virginians to vote pro-life in order to protect and save innocent babies lives and to protect all vulnerable innocent life from health care rationing and euthanasia under Obama Care!
There will be an official statement from VSHL soon today. Please use that statement with your chapter and local press, including blogs and Facebook connections.
Many of you braved rebuke and cold weather the last two months to help VSHL PAC try to get out the pro-life vote at locations, including churches and rallies across Virginia. Thank you for your willingness to get out the facts of "life”. I believe distributing those pro-life voter guides proved very importantly in influencing how close the final vote was in Virginia.
There is good new! We have saved all eight of our Virginia pro-life Congressmen! Wttman, Rigell, Forbes, Hurt, Goodlatte, Cantor, Griffith, and Wolf
Also, many counties around Virginia went for Romney/Ryan that have been traditionally Democrat, including most of southwestern Virginia! Kudos to our friends there who distributed thousands of NRLC comparison pieces all over that region.
VSHL PAC in worked closely with our County leaders and w/ National Right to Life to educate on radio and by telephone. Every action spread the facts and we reach more voters than ever bore.
A final thought!
If your Congressman was one of those that VSHL PAC endorsed and who won re-election, please send a note of congratulations to him As soon as possible! Our good men in Washington will need to know we have their backs! Theirs will be a tough fight ahead, particularly on pro-life matters in Congress!
Now we in Virginia at VSHL must stand up and get ready for the next go around! We must continue to lead for Life. Next up, the Virginia General Assembly starts in January.
So for this moment, hold your loved ones close and give thanks for what we all have, the gift of life!
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.
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