Saturday, February 4, 2012

Virginia General Assembly - #3627 - Weekly General Assembly Update: Major Victories and a Set Back - Family Foundation

This week, the Virginia General Assembly has really gotten down to business, keeping The Family Foundation legislative staff extremely busy. I wanted to highlight some of the events of the week and encourage you to stay ready to respond to Action Alerts in the coming days. We are nearing “crossover,” which is February 14th, so next week the first round of committee work will have to be completed, meaning legislators will need to hear from you on a variety of issues.   (1) Earlier this week, the state Senate passed one of our highest priorities, legislation that requires an ultrasound prior to an abortion and an offer to the woman seeking an abortion to review the image. This major pro-life victory brings our Informed Consent law more in line with modern technology, ensuring a woman has as much information as possible and the doctor has accurate information about the unborn child. A House version of this legislation will be debated in subcommittee on Monday but is expected to pass the House as it has in years past.
(2) Today, another one of our highest priorities passed the House of Delegates. Legislation protecting the rights of private adoption agencies to abide by their faith principles regarding family passed the House 71-28! The bill, patroned by Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-15, Woodstock), doesn’t change who can adopt in Virginia, but simply ensures that the private agencies that do the bulk of the child placements and adoptions in Virginia and have done so for decades will be able to continue their extraordinary work for years to come...........  (3) Also this week, a bill that begins breaking down the barriers to home school students trying out for public school sports crossed a major hurdle when the House Education committee passed the bill for the first time after several years. HB 947, patroned by Delegate Rob Bell (R-58, Charlottesville), faces strong opposition from the education establishment and should be voted on by the House early next week.  Read more.......

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