Virginia Legislature Honors Work of Pregnancy Centers Instead of Hurting Them

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 12, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Virginia Legislature Honors Work of Pregnancy Centers Instead of Hurting Them

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
March 12
, 2010

Richmond, VA (LifeNews.com) — The Virginia legislature could have chosen to go down the road NARAL wanted with a bill that would single them out for telling women the truth about abortion risks and alternatives. Instead, they approved a resolution a coalition of pro-life groups sponsors honoring their work.

At the beginning of the session, abortion advocates launched an attack on these faith-based charities.

The attacks consisted of an erroneous and biased report and discriminatory and unnecessary regulatory legislation. Less than two months later, not only had the hostile legislation been thrown out by its own sponsors, the entire legislature passed a resolution praising the work of Virginia pregnancy centers.

Just one week after the legislation against pregnancy centers was introduced, it was dismissed in both House and Senate subcommittees after legislators heard testimony from pregnancy centers directors, former center clients, medical staff, Care Net, the Family Foundation and Virginia Catholic Conference.

A few weeks later, pregnancy centers held a day at the state capitol where staff and volunteers came to further educate legislators about their organizations’ work.

Thanks to the ongoing support of the Family Foundation and Americans United for Life, a resolution praising pregnancy centers was introduced in March and passed in both the Virginia House of Delegates and Senate this week.

Care Net President Melinda Delahoyde joined Virginia legislators in praising the work of pregnancy centers.

"We are so proud of Virginia pregnancy centers for this recognition and their decades of humble service to women in this state. It’s not a surprise to Care Net that when people hear the truth about the good work you do, they want to praise you," she told LifeNews.com.

The resolution praised the centers for their integrity and compassion, as well as the comprehensive care they provide including the more than $1.1 million in resources Virginia centers granted women and their families over the last year.

“Crisis pregnancy centers in the Commonwealth of Virginia received a powerful endorsement today,” Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, told LifeNews.com. “Congressman Tom Perriello, who has been involved in the health care debate in Washington, must be encouraged by this latest show of pro-life support from the people of Virginia.”

Virginia is the second state to enact AUL’s resolution this year, following the Oklahoma Senate which adopted it in February 2010.

Tepeyac Family Center, the tax-exempt pro-life and pro-family OB-GYN practice located in Fairfax, VA, cared for over 100 women from PRCs last year throughout their pregnancy, also applauded the resolution.

“If it weren’t for the PRCs helping us to provide for the non-medical needs of the patients, we couldn’t do what we are doing at Tepeyac,” said Bob Laird, the Tepeyac Family Center practice administrator.

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