WILL VOTE JULY 31 ON BILL TO OVERTURN POLICY OF LEGAL ABORTION UNTIL BIRTH IN THE NATION’S CAPITAL
WASHINGTON (July 27, 2012) -- The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on Tuesday, July 31, 2012, on legislation that would end the current legal policy allowing abortion, for any reason, until the moment of birth in the nation’s capital.
The legislation, the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 3803), is strongly backed by the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the nationwide federation of state right-to-life organizations.
The Council of the District of Columbia, employing authority delegated by Congress, repealed the entire D.C. abortion law. Thus, in the nation’s capital, abortion is currently legal for any reason through all nine months of pregnancy. (See confirmation by the Associated Press, here .)
“This roll call will be a landmark – the House has never before voted on the question of whether to endorse legal abortion for any reason until birth,” said NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson. “Under the Constitution, members of Congress and the President are ultimately accountable for the current abortion-until-birth policy. READ MORE
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.
Spectacular News for Dedicated Virginia Pro-Life College Students
The fee for the 2012 National Right to Life Academy for College Students has been reduced to $3600. The fee covers tuition, residence at a nearby university and some meals.
The five week Academy is held annually in Washington, D.C. at the headquarters of the National Right to Life Committee located right downtown within a short distance of both the Capitol and the White House.
The date for this year’s Academy is June 24-July 27. The deadline to apply for the unique and incomparably valuable pro-lifeprogram is March 1! Get your heads together and send a smart, dedicated pro-life college student (s) to the NRLC 2012 Academy. E-mail email@example.com for application forms and further information.
Virginia Society for Human Life is pleased that the Virginia Board of Health voted Thursday in a vote of 12-1 to uphold new common sense regulations on first trimester abortion facilities in the Commonwealth.
"These regulations will go a long way to reigning in unscrupulous abortionists in Virginia," said Olivia L. Gans, President of VSHL. "Abortion always ends the life of an unborn child and places the mother of that baby at great risk of future health problems. We are hopeful that more protective measures for both mother and child will be passed in the near future."
Over 1100 public comment-mails were received by the Board of Health, of which 646 were in support of the proposed emergency regulations that had been called for by the Virginia General Assembly and Pro-life Governor Bob McDonnell. Your voice was heard!
These approved emergency regulations will now go to the Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the Department of Planning and Budget, the Department of Planning and Budget, the Secretary of Health and Human Resources, and the Governor for final review. The regulations will go into effect January 1, 2012 for one year and the Governor has the option to extend them for an additional six months. After the emergency regulations go into effect the process of creating permanent regulations will commence.
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 issued a Press Release about Gov. McDonnell signing the Abortion Clinic Regulations.
VSHL President Olivia Gans said: “Abortion is always a deadly procedure that stops the beating heart of an unborn child, even after that baby can feel pain, but it is also a dangerous procedure for their mothers. It is important to do everything we can to prevent that danger from happening.”
Please click the link below to read the full press release.
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