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Pro-abortion ERA promoters fail to force a vote in the Virginia House of Delegates

by | Feb 22, 2019

By Virginia Society for Human Life (VSHL)

Va. State Del. Todd Gilbert

The pro-life members of the Republican House of Delegates Caucus successfully blocked multiple attempts to force a vote on the Equal Rights Amendment this week as the 2019 session wraps up.

The last-ditch efforts crafted by ERA forces were two resolutions from pro-abortion Delegates Ayala and Simon written to up-end the House rules just to force an ERA vote onto the Floor. These resolutions were rejected: Del. Ayala’s on a 50-50 vote with Republican Del. David Yancey joining the Democrats, and Del. Simon’s by a 51-49 vote along party lines.

Pro-life Republican Majority Leader Todd Gilbert said ERA supporters had engaged in “fear-mongering” by portraying Republicans as anti-woman. He also introduced a resolution designed to protect the rules of the House that require a two-thirds majority for any future rules change to illustrate the type of gamesmanship being used by ERA proponents in their attempts to up-end and change the rules just to benefit their issue.

On Wednesday pro-abortion ERA delegates attempted to hijack a bill from pro-life Senator Amanda Chase that was an abortion neutral statement on the facts of equality already in Virginia law. Her bill was nearly amended on the floor by Del. Toscano and other pro-abortion Delegates from the Democratic Caucus to turn her bill into the Equal Rights Amendment.

Olivia Gans Turner, President Virginia Society for Human Life (VSHL)

Fortunately, their effort was stopped by alert pro-life members of the Republican Caucus. Sen. Chase has since withdrawn her bill for this year.

“The ERA forces have vowed to use this issue in upcoming Virginia elections,” said Olivia Gans Turner, president of the Virginia Society for Human Life. “They are not telling Virginians the truth about how the ERA would dismantle the strong pro-life laws that are in place in the Commonwealth. Nor will they admit during these candidate debates that the ERA will require Virginians and all Americans pay for all abortions with taxpayer funds.”

Turner added, “Pro-life people will continue educating our communities about the real dangers behind this so- called equal rights amendment. There is nothing equal about a law that strips away the right to life for all unborn children permanently!”

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