The Virginia GOP of the House of Delegates is warning constituents across the Commonwealth that, “as part of their extreme social agenda, House Democrats would replace basic restrictions on abortion with new laws legalizing abortion on-demand,” if they regain the majority in the state legislature in the 2019 elections. On their website, they added that people must stand with pro-life Virginians, pledging to protect the unborn by signing a petition to show support with the conservative caucus.
“If Democrats take the House Majority they will push to legalize abortions right up until the birth of the child,” the caucus said.
Republicans in the House stopped a barrage of pro-abortion legislation during the 2018 session, all with a one-member majority.
House Bill 450, introduced by Delegate Debra Rodman (D-Henrico), would have repealed requirements that a physician must obtain a pregnant woman’s “informed written consent” and perform a “fetal transabdominal ultrasound” imaging before performing an abortion.
House Bill 1037, introduced by Delegate Kelly Convirs-Fowler (D-Chesapeake), was set to eliminate the requirement that two other physicians must certify that a third trimester abortion is necessary to prevent an expectant-mother’s death or impairment of her mental or physical health.
House Bill 1231, introduced by Delegate Jennifer Boysko (D-Fairfax), would have started the aftermath of a liberal agenda that has led to the “abortion on demand” claims that many conservatives have touted. The legislation would ensure that any “pregnant person has a fundamental right to obtain a lawful abortion and that no statute or regulation shall be construed to prohibit the performance of an abortion prior to viability or if necessary to protect the life or health of the pregnant person.”
The bill would eliminate all the procedures and processes, including the performance of ultrasounds, the consent of multiple physicians, and anything else prohibiting the aborting of a fetus. Democrats, as a collective party, may refer to hose as hindrances.
All three bills, however, while passing through a subcommittee vote, were left in the Courts of Justice Committee, which has a 10-8 Republican to Democrat split. Though, that could lead to a different outcome if Democrats take back the House of Delegates, with the liberal party just one member away from erasing the GOP majority in 2019.