Pro-life activists denounce Kamala Harris abortion roundtable
HIGHLAND SPRINGS, Va. — Pro-life activists have denounced efforts by Vice President Kamala Harris and Democratic lawmakers in Virginia to make the state a “safe haven” for abortion, calling their views “extreme.” and “disconnected”.
The vice president hosted a roundtable with state lawmakers on Saturday morning in the Richmond area, focusing on the issue of preserving access to abortion in the Commonwealth.
Harris also met with state lawmakers in other states as part of the Biden administration’s overall effort to respond to the reversal of Roe vs. Wade last month, leading several states to enact stricter abortion restrictions or ban nearly all abortions.
Victoria Cobb, president of the Family Foundation of Virginia, said in an emailed statement Friday to the Christian Post that the Biden administration’s stance on abortion was too extreme.
“There is no doubt that the extreme position of Vice President Harris and the Biden administration, promoting unborn death until the moment of conception for any reason at taxpayer expense, will play well with the billion-dollar abortion industry and those of the General Assembly. who think we need more abortions, not fewer,” Cobb said.
“But that position is out of touch with everyday Virginians who support common sense pro-life laws and who voted against that extreme view last November,” she added, alluding to the Republican’s election. pro-lifer Glenn Youngkin for governor of Virginia. .
Olivia Gans Turner, president of the Virginia Society for Human Life, told CP on Saturday that she believes pro-choice leaders in the state Senate “have made it clear they have no interest in having a conversation. rational on” abortion regulations.
“They just want to maintain the status quo, which protects the abortion industry in Virginia,” Turner said, noting that “they have the votes in the Senate” to defeat any pro-life bill.
Turner told CP that she believes efforts to advance pro-life legislation in Virginia will only become more likely after the General Assembly elections next year.
“We have a goal. The aim will be to pass the most protective legislation as soon as possible, but that will probably not be this year,” she said.
“The 2023 election, which gives us a chance to shift the balance of power for pro-abortion people in the Senate and even add more pro-lifers to the House, is the best chance we have of getting to a reality of passing true pro-life laws in 2024.
At the Vice President’s Roundtable, held at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 666 headquarters near Richmond, the Vice President and Virginia General Assembly legislators spoke of the repeal of limits on abortion.
State Senator Jenn McClellan gave the keynote address, noting how over the past two years, Democrats in the General Assembly have repealed common practices at abortion clinics, such as requiring every woman to undergo a ultrasound.
McClellan described ultrasounds as “medically unnecessary restrictions” on abortion. However, abortion clinics use ultrasound to determine the gestational age of an unborn baby and the type of abortion procedure that will be performed, as well as the fees that the abortionist will charge the patient since the fees are increasing daily during each quarter.
For this reason, McClellan touted Virginia as “the first state in the South to expand access to abortion care, even as other states impose bans.”
McClellan also spoke about working with his colleagues in the General Assembly to push through a state constitutional amendment that would codify abortion as a right in the Commonwealth.
During her remarks, Harris insisted that a person “doesn’t have to give up your faith or your beliefs to agree that the government shouldn’t be making this decision for this woman.”
“It may not be something you choose to do, but let’s all agree when it comes to the most intimate decisions a woman can make, intimate decisions about the heart and the home. , she should be able to do it without the government telling her what to do. do,” the vice president said.
State Senator L. Louise Lucas also defended Virginia as a “safe haven” for abortion, adding that “we’re going to fight like hell to make sure it stays that way.”
Also present at the roundtable was Democratic U.S. Representative Donald McEachin, who represents Virginia’s fourth congressional district and has served in the General Assembly before.
McEachin has declared his support for Congress codifying abortion into law, although he has refrained from the current call by some members of his party to end the filibuster to do so, and preferred an amendment instead.
“You don’t have to remove the filibuster rule,” he said. “But the least we can do is say that the filibuster does not apply when it comes to someone’s civil rights.”
When asked to comment on the roundtable, Youngkin spokesman Macaulay Porter pointed CP to a statement Youngkin made last month regarding the overthrow of Deer.
“I’m proud to be a pro-life governor and I intend to take every step possible to protect life. The truth is, Virginians want fewer abortions, not more abortions,” he said. Youngkin said at the time.
“We can build bipartisan consensus on protecting the lives of unborn children, especially when they begin to experience pain in the womb, and especially on supporting mothers and families who choose life.”
Youngkin also mentioned plans to have state legislators, including Senators Siobhan Dunnavant and Steve Newman and delegates Kathy Byron and Margaret Ransone to “find areas we can agree on and chart the most successful course.” “.
“I have asked them to do the important work needed and be ready to introduce legislation when the General Assembly returns in January,” the governor added.
Members of the press were allowed into the event, but only for 25 minutes. No opportunity was given for questions.