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Pro-abortion Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is at it again!

by | Mar 17, 2021

By Virginia Society for Human Life (VSHL)

Another pro-abortion bill is made law in Virginia.

On March 12, the office of the Governor announced that he had signed 80 bills into law.  Among them were HB1896 (sponsor: Hudson-D) and SB 1276 (sponsor: McClellan-D) which together removed the state prohibition against funding abortions under health care exchanges offered by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  

This bill was clearly a first step to expanding abortion coverage and will ultimately make it much harder for Virginians who want to find affordable health care that doesn’t violate their ethical objections to abortion.  Once again, the only people who will benefit from this move are those in the abortion business.

If you need more proof that elections have consequences, look no more. The pro-abortion majority at the General Assembly is working in lockstep with the pro-abortion majority in Congress to advance the radical abortion agenda of NARAL and Planned Parenthood.  The chance to slow this tide here is coming this November in Virginia’s off-year elections.  Now is our time to organize and educate our families, friends, and neighbors.

Editor’s note. The Catholic News Service reported Tuesday that Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington and Bishop Barry C. Knestout of the Diocese of Richmond issued a statement strongly condemning Gov. Northam’s decision to sign “abortion expansion legislation.”

Governor Northam has crossed yet another tragic threshold by inserting abortion without limits into Virginia’s health benefits exchange.  We decry the enactment of this deplorable policy, which is built on the destructive lie that abortion is healthcare. We are saddened when we contemplate the increased number of unborn lives likely to be lost as a result.

The exchange is a virtual marketplace created under the federal Affordable Care Act, through which an estimated 240,000 Virginians access their health plans. Under state law for the past decade, plans participating in Virginia’s health exchange were prohibited from covering most abortions. This fundamentally pro-life provision undoubtedly saved many lives. Starting July 1 of this year, however, that provision will be eradicated from our law. Consequently, and tragically, health plans in the exchange will be allowed to cover abortions for any reason.

In many cases, people receive public subsidies to purchase these plans. Beginning July 1, even these taxpayer-funded plans can cover abortions without limitation. This means that taxpayers will be forced to fund plans that cover abortion on demand.

Their statement concluded

Without despair, and with maximum determination, we will continue our advocacy for the preeminent priority of protecting unborn children from this threat. So many lives, who have no voice except ours, depend on it.

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