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Finally, Some Good News in Virginia

by | Feb 6, 2020

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

Sometimes there is a bright spot, even on the darkest days.

Tuesday was one of those at the General Assembly. The only pro-life bill to make it out of committee thus far this year was passed in the Senate.

Senate bill SB 920 (Patron Sen. Mark Peake, R-22) amends the Virginia surrogacy law. The amendment, which passed in a vote of 40-0, prevents surrogacy contracts in Virginia from requiring a surrogate mother to abort her pregnancy or endure a “pregnancy reduction” abortion if she is carrying multiple babies. 

Women involved in these contracts are often very vulnerable and this will prevent Virginia couples from making contracts to require abortions at the wish of the couple paying the woman.

VSHL has a long-standing opposition to surrogacy, because of concerns about embryos being treated as objects or commodities in situations like these.  As it stands, however, surrogacy is allowed in Virginia. So, while this is a limited victory, it is an important one.  

As Sen. Peake himself remarked in the Senate Chamber after the stunning vote of 40-0, he was surprised but pleased to receive so much support for this change. It proves that even the pro-abortion majority realizes that it is not legitimate for the Commonwealth of Virginia to require women to have abortions under these contracts.

Now the bill will cross over to the House of Delegates. Let us hope that the same common sense prevails there as well.

Will you be there?

The Virginia March for Life is next week!  We need a great turnout to let the Virginia General Assembly know that Virginia is for Life and opposes the radical pro-abortion agenda.  Here are the details of the 2nd Annual Virginia March for Life:

Date:  February 13th, 2020

Time:  11:45 Rally for Life

           12:45 March for Life

Location:   Virginia Capitol Grounds, Richmond, Virginia

March Route:  Click here.


  • Delegate Kathy Byron
  • Eileen Roberts, Founder of M.A.M.A
  • Jeanne Mancini, March for Life
  • Victoria Cobb, Family Foundation
  • Destiny Kulman
  • Bishop Michael Burbidge, Catholic Diocese of Arlington
  • Olivia Gans Turner, VSHL.
Categories: Legislation