Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin Proposes Amendment Banning Tax-Funded Abortions

State   |   Mallory Carroll   |   Jun 17, 2022   |   12:02PM   |   Richmond, Virginia

Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America today celebrated the pro-life leadership of Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin after he proposed a budget amendment to stop taxpayer-funded abortion. The governor’s budget would restore a policy that mirrors the federal Hyde Amendment, which has saved more than 2.5 million lives.

Youngkin is keeping his promise to promote pro-life policies that protect the unborn and their mothers.

“We praise Governor Youngkin for keeping a key promise to pro-life voters and acting swiftly on the will of the people, who overwhelmingly reject abortion on demand. Abortion is not ‘family planning’ and Virginians’ hard-earned tax dollars should never be funneled to the abortion industry,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of SBA Pro-Life America. “Democrats used to claim abortion should be ‘safe, legal and rare.’ Now pro-abortion Democrats in states like Virginia and in D.C. increasingly push to expand abortion on demand until birth, paid for by taxpayers – and the U.S. abortion rate that had been declining for decades is rising again. Gov. Youngkin’s strong pro-life leadership at this crucial moment will save lives and the Assembly should adopt this budget amendment with bipartisan support.”

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Since entering office in 2021, Youngkin, Attorney General Jason Miyares, and Lieutenant Governor Winsome Earle-Sears have worked tirelessly to protect the unborn and advocate for their mothers:

  • Youngkin appointed Angela Sailor as Chief Diversity, Opportunity & Inclusion Officer of the Commonwealth. She has been tasked to eliminate disparities in prenatal care and being “an ambassador for unborn children.”
  • Miyares filed a motion in January urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Mississippi’s 15-week abortion limit and return the right to set abortion policy to the people of each state and their elected representatives. The motion reverses the pro-abortion Northam administration’s stance in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case in which the Court will address the constitutionality of pre-viability limits on abortion.
  • In April, Youngkin joined thousands of pro-life Virginians at the Virginia March for Life.

Last year, Women Speak Out Virginia – 2021 successfully ran a $1.4 million campaign to defeat McAuliffe and support Youngkin. The independent expenditure campaign included hard-hitting digital ads and voter contact mail to persuadable as well as pro-life voters who don’t consistently vote.