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VSHL 2013 YEAR IN REVIEW


December 23, 2013


Dear friends and fellow pro-life Virginians:


Here we are again in the special season of the year when we welcome Life! One precious child’s birth that changed the world for all time is the reason that so many of us light our homes and wrap those gifts for the ones we love.


Now, as we celebrate the gift of Life, it’s good to look back on 2013. It has been quite a year for the pro-life movement here in the Commonwealth. We have seen exciting events, like the first “Stand for Life” rally on the opening day of the 2013 General Assembly. This wonderful event was co-sponsored by VSHL and other pro-life Virginia organizations and drew a large crowd of peaceful, committed pro-life folks to bear witness to the pro-life convictions of so many all over the state. We look forward to an even bigger event at the upcoming 2014 Rally on January 8th. Please use the free registration link on the VSHL website to help us get an idea of projected numbers.


In early April during the veto session, as the General Assembly came to a close, VSHL worked hard to see passage of Gov. Bob McDonnell’s amendment that ensured that no Virginia taxpayer funds would be used to pay for abortions under the newly formed state health care exchanges. After some strategic and effective lobbying by the VSHL team, the amendment passed by one vote! A victory for human life and the taxpayers of Virginia!


The spring and summer months of 2013 saw VSHL focused on our future pro-life leaders. The Alex and Geline B. Williams Oratory Contest once again brought together high school scholars to present speeches in defense of life. The winner was Miss Monica Loesel from John Paul the Great High School, in Prince William County.


In July, 50 teens and several college students attended this year’s Camp Joshua in Staunton. The three day camp provides fun and friendship, and a list of well-known pro-life leaders to encourage and instruct our young pro-lifers! This new project of the VSHL Educational Fund, directed by Miss Megan McCrum, is proving to be a great success all around and we look forward to expanding next summer.


The November elections were a challenge to all pro-life Virginians. VSHL is very grateful that, thanks to the hard work of VSHLPAC, in particular Mrs. Holly Smith PAC Chair, the pro-life majority was returned to the House of Delegates. This will prove to be very important during the next few years as we face the harsh reality that the offices of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General are all now held by pro-abortion individuals.


It will demand a vigilant role on the part of all of us to ensure that no new pro-abortion legislation gains ground. We count on our VSHL members to stay in touch with their legislators about these issues as they come up. Please check the VSHL website often next winter for updates, or like our Facebook page. Members will receive emails regularly, as well.


This year VSHL will continue to educate the public on the powerful information about the fact that unborn babies are capable of feeling pain as early as twenty weeks in the womb. Keep an eye on the fact sheets and other efforts we will be launching to spread that information to others. Hopefully, we will see the passage of a Virginia Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in the near future!


New threats are also on the horizon from the new federal health care laws. Medical health care rationing and other direct threats to vulnerable life must be watched closely. VSHL is prepared to stay on top of these threats and educate the public about them.


New VSHL Chapters are still being formed throughout Virginia. If you want to know where the closest chapter is to your town, please contact the office. If there isn’t one near your community, perhaps you can help us start one!


Don’t forget that you can still help VSHL do even more to educate and lead on life issues by participating in this year’s Matching Fund. Every donation will make it easier to accomplish our shared goals.


In short, as Christmas draws near and the New Year starts again, let us all re-commit to be the voice for the voiceless and to give witness to the value of every innocent human life!


Merry Christmas! May this New Year be one of hope and joy for all of you!


Sincerely,

Olivia Gans Turner, President

WORLD Virginia: Pro-lifers celebrated the passage of abortion clinic regulations in the last legislative session, but the regulations haven’t been outlined. What kinds of regulations are you hoping for?

Gans: Not only is it important to require abortion clinics to alter their physical capacities; it's very important that we have strict regulations about reporting any complications that occur to the women, any violations....The only way to actually follow up on these regulations is to force the clinics to self-report and have officials actively reporting. If that does not take place, [violations] can slip under the wire and we won't know what's going on.



September 27, 2010

Fall colors slowly making the scene across Virginia remind all of us that the year is winding down, and yet this is no time to sit back and watch the leaves fall!  There is so much important work to be done by Pro-lifers right now!  Schools are back in session, Fall fairs and festivals are taking place, and elections are just around the corner.  There is something critical for everyone to do right now to help save innocent human lives in our great Commonwealth!  Are you prepared to do your part?

This is the perfect time to consider arranging for a pro-life presentation at your child's school or church youth group.  VSHL Education Fund has wonderful trained speakers available to present the vital facts of unborn human life to groups of any age or size.  If you need help to set something up please contact our Richmond office. 

Perhaps you yourself are interested in becoming a better pro-life speaker.  It is up to all of us to be prepared to be the voices and the faces of those that cannot speak for them selves.  VSHL will be setting up traing days after the fall elections for those who are interested.  It's not really hard to become a voice for the unborn or the disabled when you learn the facts and understand the arguments. 

Even though the Virginia General Assembly will not be in session until January 2011, it's still the perfect time to get to know your local Delegate or State Senator.  You should know who they are and how to contact their local office now so that you will be able to help VSHL communicate on vital life matters as they arise during this year's General Assembly.  Information to help guide you  about the VA General Assembly and local representative's links can be found on this site.

Perhaps the most exciting thing happening across Virginia  this fall is the new VSHL chapter organizing efforts going on.  In several place from Northern Virginia to  Southwestern VA people are connecting and helping VSHL create a more active presence in several counties.  The result of these efforts will help VSHL broaden our ability to spread the pro-life message throughout the Commonwealth.


New Chapters are forming in the Abingdon, Radford/Christiansburg, Fairfax and Prince William County areas.  Does your county or city have a VSHL Chapter?  Would you be interested in helping to establish one?  Please contact the Richmond VSHL office to find out how.


Lastly, the fall elections are coming!  Do you know where the candidates for Congress stand on Life?  VSHL PAC will be working hard to help see that a majority of the Virginia delegation to Congress is Pro-life this November.  You can help by talking to your family and friends about the importance of voting Pro-life. Check here and on the VSHLPAC website, www.vshlpac.org, for updates on candidates positions and flyers that you can download to share with your community!


There is no time like the present to make a difference for life!  If you are a member, thank you!  If you are not yet, then please consider joining VSHL today.  Every voice matters in the fight to protect innocent human life!










June 17, 2010            

Dear Pro-Life Friends:  


On Sunday Americans recognize the critical and truly wonderful thing that a father is!   The strength and support that children discover through the love of a father is essential to a child’s life.   We, in America, are grateful to have this day each year to thank those fathers that have made so many loving sacrifices to support their children.  From the very beginning of a child’s life fathers can make a difference for their little ones.    


Some have even bravely supported decisions with the mother of their child to opt for adoption for their baby.   Sometimes, adoption is the wisest thing a dad can do for his baby!   Pro-life people know that fathers are a vital part of the work to save lives. 


Sadly, the current laws on abortion prevent fathers from protecting their unborn children from abortion.  Even married men are denied the power to prevent an abortion.  A father‘s role is to protect and in America today that role is rejected by the abortion industry.

Another tragic outcome of this cruel reality are the many fathers that will silently this Sunday remember babies they never got a chance to hold because of abortion.  They need to be kept in our thoughts as well.
  Together, let’s tell the fathers in our lives thank you this Sunday. 


All fathers need our help and prayers to encourage them to stand up for their children no matter what.   This Father’s Day, please consider making a donation to the work of the Virginia Society for Human Life on behalf of your dad or a father you love.  We are working hard to strength the right to life in Virginia


We also know that every unborn baby has a Mom and a Dad that needs our respect and love!   God bless all our Dads!


Thank you, 

Olivia L. Gans, President

Virginia Society for Human Life



 

Winter 2010


What an amazing fall pro-lifers had here in Virginia!  Victories all across the Commonwealth by pro-life candidates.  Most impressive was the landslide victory of our new pro-life Governor Bob McDonnell, Lt Governor Bill  Bolling and Attorney General Ken Cuccinnelli!  There is so much to be grateful for and so many reasons to hope for  real possibilities for pro-life legislation in Virginia over the four years ahead. 


There will be struggles ahead for while there is a pro-life majority in the House of Delegates, the pro-abortion majority in the Virginia Senate will make serious progress much harder for the next two years.   Yet we will not put aside our responsibilities to fight for the right to life for every Virginian. 


This year we expect to  see several bill and budget amendment put forward that will be of real importance to pro-life people in the Commonwealth.  Among them are efforts to  prevent the use of Virginia tax funds to pay for abortions. Another bill of interest is from Del Kathy Byron( R. Lynchburg) and should get all of our attention and support.  Her Bill expands the current informed consent law to allow women the chance to view an ultra-sound image of their unborn baby before having an abortion,


A very similar bill passed into law in Nebraska last year and is currently helping women there make better life saving decisions for them selves and their babies.


There maybe other bills that we will want you to be watching, including efforts to deny life saving medical treatment from vulnerable patients and efforts to defund planned parenthood in Virginia.  All of these bills will be monitored and reported on here on the VSHL website.  Please sign up to receive important email alerts as the session goes forward. 


Virginia has a very short General Session each winter so it is important that concerned pro-life Virginians stay on top of what's going on at the General Assembly in Richmond!


Virginians also have a vital role to play in National pro-life issues, particularly regarding the national debate on health care.  Please contact your member of Congress and Senators Webb and Warner to tell them how you feel.  Please let them know that you do not want any Federal funds of any kind used to finance abortion in any national plan.  Also let them know that you object to penalties on Medicare doctors that provide their patients with needed life saving medical treatment.


For all the information  you will need to follow this part of the debate please check out www.nrlc.org the website of the National Right to Life Committee.


As we remember this week the anniversary of the saddest day in American history, January 22, 1973, let us here in Virginia take heart at the part we are playing in sending a pro-life message to the rest of the country.  Our new Governor ran as unabashedly pro-life during throughout his campaign and he is now the leader of our great Commonwealth.  We have a lot to be proud of here this year!  Now let's get back to work!



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Fall 2009


Dear Pro-life friends and Visitors,

September is upon us. Cool cloudy days settle us down from the Summer excitement but hopefully help us to focus on the jobs to be done in Virginia this Autumn to help save innocent human lives.


There is so much to be done, too.  As I write this we are awaiting the start of the fall sessions of the US Congress.  The great debate of the year, Health Care Reform has shaped up to be a struggle about preventing our tax dollars from paying for either abortion or rationed care leading to euthanasia.  It is the charge of pro-life people to keep the subject before the eyes of our Members of Congress and the Senate.  We must  ensure that these plans do not allow for the use of our taxes to pay for abortion.  Nor will we accept health care changes that threaten the lives of the vulnerable or the elderly in order to save money or cut costs.


I urge you to take a few minutes and read the information available at  The National Right to Life website, www.nrlactioncenter.com.  There you will find the very latest updates on these issues.  Study the information then do your duty as a Virginia pro-lifer and place a phone call to your representative and  Senators Webb and Warner.   They need to know we are watching what they do now to respect our views.  We call upon them to defend all human life.


Even as we play our part in working to defeat the efforts of pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL in the health care debate, we must keep our eyes on the Commonwealth and this fall critical elections. The eyes of the entire USA are on Virginia this fall.  We must work together to keep Virginia pro-life in November.

Pro-life Virginians have a great team of pro-life leaders at the top of the ticket this year.  Bob McDonnell, Bill Bolling and Ken Cuccinelli have outstanding records on pro-life issues.  The VSHL Political Action Committee will be working hard to help see that they are elected.  Check out how you can help at www.vshlpac.org.


There has never been a more exciting or challenging time to be a pro-lifer in the Commonwealth!  There is so much that we can do to change the course of history right now.  I invite you to rededicate yourself to this vital cause.  If you are not yet a member let me extend a hand of welcome to you.  You are needed! 

Each Virginian has a valuable part to play in this effort to protect human live which is the mission of VSHL.  I welcome all of you to the meet the challenge!


Yours in defense of Life,

Olivia L Gans, President

VSHL

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SPRING 2009


Dear Pro-life Friends all over Virginia,

Victories!  Yes, indeed,  pro-life Virginians have several important things to celebrate now that the 2009 General Assembly is finished.  VSHL participated in several critical legislative efforts this session, some didn't get out of committee but some did!  The first big one is the passage of the "Choose Life" License Plates!


Sen. Ken Cuccinelli skillfully guided the bill through both the House of Delegates and the Senate.  In spite of fears that it might be killed in the pro-abortion dominated Senate, or vetoed by Gov. Kaine, he was successful!  I am very happy to say that VSHL was proud to support his efforts this session. These license plates will raise valuable funds for Virginia Pregnancy Resource Centers.  Please send a thank you to the Governor's office.  Thanks are also encouraged to Sen. Cuccinelli and your own Delegate or Senator, if they voted in favor of this bill.


VSHL also help to ensure that no new money will be used to fund embryonic stem cell research in the State budget.  Along with that we successfully fought efforts to allow doctors to decide with out the patients wishes when ,and if a patient should receive life saving treatment at the end of life!

Although the Ultra-sound bill, sponsored by Sen. Kathy Byron didn't make it out of Committee, we will try again next year for sure!  We believe women considering an abortion should have the chance to see their unborn child before they make this life and death decision.


As we move into the Spring, I am hopeful that many of you will consider holding an event at your church, synagogue or clubs to help educate and inform your neighbors about how to help the pro-life cause.  A surprisingly few number of people actually know what is happening in America today on pro-life issues and even fewer know what can be done to help solve the problem.  Please contact the VSHL office in Richmond if you are interested in the kinds of events that could be sponsored.  There are great speakers in Virginia on the full range of pro-life issues from Stem Cell Research to End of Life Care, as well as Abortion.

 

Don't forget that the Annual Alex and Geline B. Williams Oratory Contest for High School students is coming up on May 9th.  This is a great opportunity for Virginia students to hone their speaking skills on pro-life matters.   The top three winners receive a monetary prize, and the first place winner will represent Virginia at the National Right to Life Convention  in June.

 

While the election of pro-abortion President Barack Obama was a deep blow to pro-life hopes, it cannot be the end of our good work for Life!  It must be a new beginning that calls us to draw even more deeply from the well of strength and commitment that brought so many of you to this cause.

All eyes are on Virginia as we prepare for this year's elections.  We will need you help to ensure that we elect pro-lifer to all the offices in question this fall.  Please let us know what you can do to help!

 

Each of you has a vital role to play in the work before us.  If you are not yet a member, please contact us to learn more about what we do and how you can help.

 

Please accept this invitation to stand in defense of innocent human life here in Virginia.

 

Yours in defense of Life,

 


Olivia L. Gans

President

VSHL

 

 

 

                                                              

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