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Not so Subtle Plans of Pro-abortion Forces in the General Assembly are Vetoed by Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin

by | May 21, 2024

By Virginia Society for Human Life (VSHL)

Twice in the last two months Gov. Glenn Youngkin has done the right thing and prevented the use of four broadly written bills that would have ultimately allowed the use of drugs like mifepristone and other abortion causing chemicals to be distributed as a form of contraception.  The bills as written would also have required employers or organizations that hold ethical or religious objections to abortion to pay for the use of these drugs or devices.

The Governor had added an amendment to the bills, HB819/ SB238 that would address these concerns but the amendment was rejected by the pro-abortion majority on Veto day. This required Gov. Youngkin to veto these  bills in order to protect the ethical and religious liberty of Virginia citizens.

VSHL does not take a position on contraception but if the FDA changes the status of abortion-inducing chemicals such as mifepristone for off-label use, these bills would have opened a door to the distribution of abortion chemicals.

Two other bills in question, HB 609/ SB 237, were seen to be a threat to Virginia’s parental rights laws. They would have allowed minors to be sterilized or receive contraceptive drugs or devices without parents’ knowledge. Again, if the FDA rules are changed regarding mifepristone, this could lead to minor girls being given abortion drugs without their parents’ knowledge.

Pro-abortion sponsors of these bills are deliberately misrepresenting why their bills are being rejected. They are doing all they can to allow abortion to be treated as another form of birth control.  Drugs that can kill an unborn child are not contraception and must not be treated as such.

The Biden Administration has voiced the goal of removing even more of the remaining protective regulations and restrictions on the use of this dangerous drug that ends the life of an unborn child.

“Thank you, Governor Youngkin,” said Olivia Gans Turner, president of Virginia Society for Human Life. “The veto of these bills took courage in a complicated political climate, but it was the right thing to do. These bills are just more scare tactics and manipulation from abortion minded members of the General Assembly.”

Categories: State Legislation