Virginia Democrats Back Abortions Up to Birth, Kill Bill Banning Abortions After 15 Weeks

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 26, 2023   |   12:19PM   |   Richmond, Virginia

Democrat have proved once again that they are the party of abortions up to birth.

Today, Democrats in the Virginia state legislature defeated a pro-life measure to ban abortions on unborn babies who are cpaable of feeling pain.

Virginia could have become the next state with a type of abortion ban in place as pro-life lawmakers this week introduced legislation to ban abortions after 15 weeks. The measure would stop all late and late-term abortions when unborn babies can definitely feel pain. And the measure has the support of Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin.

The bill also enjoys the support of a majority of Virginians. But just not from Democrats.

The Senate Committee on Education and Health voted multple pro-life measures down on party-line votes, with only Republicans voting to protect babies from abortion.

Youngkin’s spokeswoman, Macaulay Porter, said Senate Democrats had “solidified their extreme position.”

Porter said Democrats were acting against the will of Virginians who want “a reasonable compromise on abortion” in “advocating for abortion anytime and anywhere.”

Several bills that would restrict or ban abortions have been filed this year in the Republican-controlled House of Delegates. But they have not yet begun to advance. Anything that clears the House is likely to meet the same fate as Thursday’s bills once it crosses to the Senate.

The vote puts Democrats at odds with the majority of Virginia residents. New polling conducted by WPA Intelligence for Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America and the Virginia Family Foundation shows voters strongly support protecting unborn children at 15 weeks, a point by which they can feel pain. Almost two thirds of voters also oppose allowing abortion on demand until birth. The poll surveyed 519 registered voters statewide from January 3-5, 2023.

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Key poll findings include:

  • 61% of likely voters support a bill protecting an unborn child after 15 weeks – a point when science shows they can feel pain – with exceptions for rape, incest or if the mother’s life is at risk.
    • Includes 64% of Independents, 55% of Democrats, and 56% of women.
  • 65% of likely voters oppose allowing abortion until the moment of birth.
  • 60% of likely pro-choice voters agree with legislation that limits abortion after 15 weeks.

SBA Pro-Life America’s Southern Regional Director Caitlin Connors commented: “By 15 weeks unborn children have fully formed organs, fingers and toes, and can feel excruciating pain. With the humanity of the unborn child undeniable, over 60% of Virginians – whether they’re pro-life or pro-choice – support limits on abortion at least by 15 weeks. We stand with Governor Youngkin in calling on the Assembly to listen to the clear will of the people and pass this compassionate bill that would save as many as 500 lives a year.”

Victoria Cobb, president of the Virginia Family Foundation, welcomed the new polling and voiced her support for the 15-week protections.

She told LifeNews: “Over 60% of Virginians agree that unborn babies who can feel pain deserve protection under our law. We will work hard to ensure that the legislature heeds this message and passes life-saving protections for unborn children and their mothers.”

During a speech to members of the Virginia legislature, Youngkin indicated he supports the bill.

“When it comes to unborn children, we can come together. We can choose life, and choose to support mothers, fathers and families in difficult decisions,” Youngkin said. “It is clear Virginians want fewer abortions, not more.”

Virginia Del. Kathy Byron (R-22) and Sen. Stephen Newman (R-23) introduced legislation to limit abortion after 15 weeks, a point by which science reveals unborn children can feel pain. The bill advances protections for the unborn at least by a point when they feel pain, with exceptions only in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.

Currently, 14 states are protecting babies from abortions following the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade with either full abortion bans or a heartbeat law. Florida and Arizona also have bans on abortions starting at 15 weeks, with pro-life legislators hoping to protect more babies in upcoming legislative sessions.

Polling conducted after the Dobbs Supreme Court decision found that: 1) 72% of Americans – including 75% of women, 70% of Independents and 60% of rank-and-file Democrats – believe there should be limits on abortion no later than 15 weeks of pregnancy and 2) only 10% of Americans agree with the Democratic Party platform of abortion on demand until birth.

Meanwhile, in Virginia, women’s health and pregnancy centers outnumber Planned Parenthood abortion centers 24 to one.

As LifeNews reported, the Supreme Court 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.

“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.”

Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer authored a joint dissent condemning the decision as enabling states to enact “draconian” restrictions on women.

Polls show Americans are pro-life on abortion and a new national poll shows 75% of Americans essentially agree with the Supreme Court overturning Roe.

Despite false reports that abortion bans would prevent doctors from treating pregnant women for miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies, pro-life doctors confirm that is not the case. Some 35 states have laws making it clear that miscarriage is not abortion and every state with an abortion ban allows treatment for both.