Virginia Legislature Kills Pro-Life Bill to Ban Abortions on Babies After 20 Weeks

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 9, 2015   |   2:01PM   |   Richmond, VA

The Virginia legislature has killed a bill that would prevent abortions in Virginia after the point in pregnancy when medical science has determined that an unborn child can feel pain. These unborn babies should be protected under the law from the excruciating pain caused by abortion, Virginia Society for Human Life says.

But the group tells LifeNews that the legislature has killed the bill.

“The Virginia House Courts of Justice Constitutional Law Sub-Committee failed to advance the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” VSHL director Olivia Gans told LifeNews.

chooselifeplatevirginiabShe explained: HB 232I was tabled on Friday when committee members got “tangled in the weeds” of the Virginia code and how this bill might effect it.  Unfortunately, due to the fact that this is a “short session” year at the General Assembly, several members of the committee felt that the details of this important bill could not receive the appropriate amount of discussion that it deserved before the “crossover” deadline this week.”

“So this means that the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act will not advance this year.  There is a consensus, however, that this bill should be introduced again next year. VSHL is committed to seeing that this bill does get introduced again as soon as possible.  Your help to prepare for that opportunity will be critical,” she said.

Gans thanked Delegate Dave LaRock, R-33, for his serious and heartfelt effort to trying to pass this bill this year.

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“We know that his commitment to protecting unborn children will continue in future years at the General Assembly,” she said. “We are also grateful to all thirty members of the House of Delegates and five Virginia Senators who stepped up to become co-patrons of HB2321. Please take a moment to thank them and encourage them to work even harder to see that pro-life legislation like this is passed next year.  If your Senator or Delegate is not on the list please ask them to support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act next year.  You can find out who your Senator and Delegate are and their contact information on the VSHL website.”