Catholic Virginia Lt. Gov Justin Fairfax Under Fire for Voting to Overturn Pro-Life Laws

State   Micaiah Bilger   Jan 31, 2020   |   1:20PM    Richmond, VA

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax seems to have forgotten one of the most basic teachings of his Catholic faith: the sanctity of human life.

On Wednesday, the Democrat leader cast a tie-breaking vote in favor of a radical pro-abortion bill in the Virginia Senate, according to National Review.

The bill, which is expected to become law, would strip away basic protections for mothers and babies in the state. Sponsored by state Sen. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, Senate Bill 733 would repeal a 24-hour waiting period, several informed consent counseling requirements and a measure ensuring that a woman has the chance to see the ultrasound of her unborn child prior to her abortion.

Additionally, it would end the requirement that doctors do abortions, and allow less trained medical workers to abort unborn babies. It also would repeal abortion clinic regulations that ensure they meet basic health and safety requirements.

Fairfax is a Catholic, according to the Catholic News Agency. But, like fellow Democrat Catholic politicians Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden, he does not follow his faith’s teachings on abortion. The Catholic Church teaches that every human life is valuable, from conception to natural death, because it is created in the image of God; and abortion, euthanasia and other life-destroying practices are evil.

Some Catholic Democrats openly support abortion on demand in direct contradiction to their faith, prompting priests to deny them communion and urge them to repent. In October, a South Carolina priest said he refused to give communion to presidential candidate Joe Biden because of Biden’s pro-abortion record.

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Then, in January, Cardinal Raymond Burke said the South Carolina priest was “right and just” to refuse communion to Biden and urged more priests to do the same.

Virginia is on the edge of passing some of the most radical pro-abortion legislation in the country after Democrats took control of the state legislature earlier this month. Along with ending abortion clinic regulations and weakening informed consent, they also want to repeal the state parental consent law, which requires an underage girl to have a parent’s permission before aborting her unborn baby.

Abortion activists say they want Virginia to become a “safe haven” for abortions. But the abortion regulations that they are working to repeal protect women as well as unborn babies.

Parental consent laws, for example, help protect young girls from being pressured or forced into abortion by an abuser, often to hide the abuse from the girl’s parents. They also ensure parents are involved in the important, life-altering decision – one that a young, impressionable girl may later regret.

Informed consent requirements make sure women are making an informed choice, rather than just being sold an abortion. These laws allow women to see their unborn babies on an ultrasound screen and receive information about the support that is available if they choose life for their child.

Ending the doctors-only requirement for abortions also could put women’s lives at greater risk. One study found that abortions done by non-physicians were twice as likely to have complications as those done by licensed physicians.

ACTION: Contact Virginia state lawmakers and tell them to vote no.