Now that the nation’s highest court has overturned Roe v. Wade, pro-life lawmakers in many states are doing everything possible to protect as many babies from abortion as they can. In Virginia, Governor Glenn Youngkin says he will “happily” sign any pro-life bill that protects the lives of babies before birth.
During an event with conservative activists last night, Youngkin vowed to sign “any bill … to protect life” that reaches his desk, according to a Washington Post report.
Youngkin has already said he would sign a bill to ban aboritons at 15 weeks – which might be the most protecting for babies pro-life advocates can expect from the state legislature. But the Republican governor said he would sign something that accomplishes more.
“Any bill that comes to my desk I will sign happily and gleefully in order to protect life,” he said during the Family Foundation of Virginia event to celebrate reversing Roe.
“My goal is that we, in fact, get a bill to sign. It won’t be the bill that we all want,” he said, adding he believes “life begins at conception.”
Youngkin spokeswoman Macaulay Porter told the Post that a committee is reviewing possible pro-life bills.
“The Governor is entrusting the four members tasked with writing a consensus-building bill to present to the General Assembly in January,” she said. “While we won’t elaborate on hypotheticals, the Governor is confident that the group will produce legislation with bipartisan support.”
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As LifeNews reported, the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, with a 6-3 majority ruling in the Dobbs case that “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion” — allowing states to ban abortions and protect unborn babies. The high court also ruled 6-3 uphold the Mississippi 15-week abortion ban so states can further limit abortions and to get rid of the false viability standard.
Chief Justice John Roberts technically voted for the judgment but, in his concurring opinion, disagreed with the reasoning and said he wanted to keep abortions legal but with a new standard.
Texas and Oklahoma had banned abortions before Roe was overturned and Missouri became the first state after Roe to protect babies from abortions and South Dakota became the 2nd. Then Arkansas became the third state protecting babies from abortions and Kentucky became the 4th and Louisiana became the 5th and Ohio became the 6th and Utah became the 7th and Oklahoma became the 8th and Alabama became the 9th. This week, Mississippi became the 10th and South Carolina became the 11th,Texas became the 12th with its pre-Roe law and Tennessee became the 13th.
Michigan, Wisconsin and West Virginia have old pro-life laws on the books but there is question about whether they are applicable and will be enforced.
Ultimately, as many as 26 states could immediately or quickly ban abortions and protect babies from certain death for the first time in nearly 50 years.
The 13 total states with trigger laws that would effectively ban all or most abortions are: Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.
“Abortion presents a profound moral question. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives,” Alito wrote.
“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences,” Alito wrote. “And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.”
This is a landmark day for the Pro-Life movement and our entire nation. After staining the moral fabric of our country for nearly 50 years, Roe v. Wade is no more.
Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer authored a joint dissent condemning the decision as enabling states to enact “draconian” restrictions on women.