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Virginia House Passes Amendments to Stop Tax-Funded Abortions, De-Fund Planned Parenthood

by Olivia Gans | Richmond, VA | LifeNews.com | 2/21/14 11:12 AM

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Yesterday, the Virginia House of Delegates passed three important pro-life amendments to this year’s budget. This was step forward to protecting the taxpayers of Virginia as well as unborn children and the women of Virginia.

A much needed amendment was passed that will ban the use of tax funds for Medicare abortions when the baby might suffer from “gross fetal abnormalities”. This action, if agreed to by the Virginia Senate, would  bring Virginia law in line with Federal law regarding funding abortion under Medicaid.

chooselifeplatevirginiaAnother amendment that passed today ensures that there will not be any changes made to the current abortion facility regulations by pro-abortion Governor McAuliffe.  This is a much needed amendment since Governor McAuliffe campaign on his intention to overturn those same protective regulations that have just gone into effect.

One more amendment that would defund Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion advocacy group in Virginia, was also passed.

All of these votes split along party lines with the Republicans voting for the amendments and the Democrats against.  Please do contact your Delegate and thank them if they vote for these important pro-life measures. It is very important that we remember to show our pro-life legislators our gratitude!

The budget and these amendments will now go back to the Virginia Senate to be voted on in caucus soon. Please contact your Senator immediately to ask them to support these amendments when they vote on the budget.  You can find out who your Senator is their contact information on the VSHL Website.

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Thank you for continuing to stay active and involved with VSHL during this legislative session. It is a powerful part of our lobbying effort when you make calls and send emails to your elected officials when you get an alert like this.

LifeNews Note: Olivia Gans is the director of the Virginia Society for Human Life.