Thousands of pro-life advocates took to the streets of Virginia Wednesday in what was the region’s first official statewide “March for Life” event. However, despite immense crowds of elected officials and leading pro-life campaigners, the march was largely ignored by the mainstream media, bar a few minor reports.
Republican Caucus ‘walk-out’
Arguably the most powerful moment of the day came when the entire House Republican Caucus walked out in front of the state capitol to join the sprawling crowds and show their support for the unborn.
Speakers at the rally included March for Life President Jeanne Mancini, Virginia Society for Human Life President Olivia Gans Turner and abortion survivor Melissa Ohden. Many of the speakers chose to not only highlight the innate value of the unborn but also to openly oppose the ghastly position held by the Democrats on the issue of late-term abortion.
Lasting outrage at Gov. Northam
Many of the marchers also voiced their dismay at the Democrat’s pro-abortion agenda, with Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s chilling words still fresh in people’s minds. In January, during a live radio interview, Gov. Northam appeared to suggest that medical professionals could, in some circumstances, allow infant babies to die after being born alive.
This assertion sparked outrage from the pro-life community and was still disturbing many at this week’s march.
“When Gov. Northam said that he would leave it up to the decision of the doctor and the woman whether or not to save the life of a born child or not — I just thought that was too extreme,” said one marcher, Claudia Powell,
The Virginia politician who, horrifically, suggested that abortion should be legal up until the woman is actually “dilating” in labor, Del. Kathy Tran (D-Fairfax), was also mentioned by many of those marching for the unborn.
In an almost unbelievable exchange between Virginia House Democrat Kathy Tran and Republican Todd Gilbert during a House subcommittee hearing in January, it was made clear that under Del. Tran’s proposed bill, HB 2491, a
“Where it’s obvious a woman is about to give birth…would that be a point at which she could still request an abortion?” Gilbert asked. “She’s dilating… .”
“My bill would allow that, yes,” Tran responded.
Pro-life marcher Laura Murphy, who is represented by Del. Tran in her hometown of Fairfax, traveled up to Richmond for the demonstration.
“After hearing Gov. Northam’s statement about how he supports infanticide, and listening to Del. Tran try to explain her bill of infanticide, we decided to trek all down on a bus to show we support the pro-life movement,” Murphy told CNA.
“I think we’re mobilized, we’re energized, we’re enthusiastic. We’re gonna change Richmond and make sure
A time of mourning in America
This Saturday, pro-life Virginians will unite once more to commemorate a Day of Mourning over recent anti-life decisions in the state and across the country.
Richmond will be ground-zero for the nationwide event on April 6. The grassroots movement, organized by “Activist Mommy” Elizabeth Johnston, is being called a solemn act of repentance for the abortion of millions of innocent babies in America.
“We are just asking God to give us his heart because
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) responded to the Democrats’ ghoulish proposals by introducing a crucial piece of legislation called “The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act,” or H.R.4712.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act is a simple piece of legislation that
In addition, the bill notes that any individual “who commits an overt act that kills a child born alive” will be “subject to criminal prosecution for murder.”
Tragically, shortly after being introduced this year, the Senate voted 53 to 44 in favor of the
What is the bill’s current status?
After failing to pass in the January vote, the crucial bill has been voted on a whopping 24 times. Unfortunately, the provision has been shot down by the Democrats on every single occasion. Unfazed by the left’s opposition, the GOP is taking things further — by introducing a “discharge petition.”
The petition, introduced by House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), will force members of the lower chamber to declare their position on the bill and will force the legislation onto the House floor for a vote. In order for the petition to be successful, Rep. Scalise will require 218 signatures and will need to sway 21 Democrats in his direction.
“We need to get to 218, so it’s going to take a national effort,” Scalise explained at a press conference Tuesday, as reported by Conservative Review. “But the country’s watching.”
“People say it should be easy to get 218 signatures,” he continued. “Frankly, it should be easy to get all 435 members of Congress to sign this, but it’s not. In fact, it’s going to be hard. We know it’s an uphill battle.”