Thursday, March 22, 2012

Virginia General Assembly - #3750 - Family Foundation - 2012 Legislative Successes in the General Assembly

The General Assembly adjourned its 2012 session recently, and much of the talk was about what wasn’t accomplished: passing a state budget. Legislators returned to town today to begin the process of trying to overcome the obstructionism of Senate Democrats, and it’s anyone’s guess on how long it will take. During session, the media hysteria surrounding the ultrasound bill dominated the discussion. Lost in those two competing stories were all the other issues that legislators dealt with this year. For The Family Foundation, this was one of the most successful policy sessions we’ve ever seen. In fact, each of our top four legislative priorities for this year passed the General Assembly! Our most significant legislative victory was the passage of bills that provide conscience protections for faith-based private child placement agencies. These agencies do incredible work helping children and families, and have done so for decades. Unfortunately, homosexual activists attempted to shut these important ministries down because these agencies believe children should have both a mom and a dad! This tremendous victory for religious freedom comes as we are witnessing the Obama administration’s unprecedented attack on the free exercise of faith in the public square............Our priority pro-life bill, which amends Virginia’s informed consent law to require an ultrasound prior to a woman having an abortion, passed the General Assembly and was signed into law by Governor McDonnell. This bill is so threatening to the abortion industry that they went to incredible extremes to try to kill it, including disingenuous hyperbole that was carried by the media across the nation. Pro-abortion forces have held multiple rallies on the Capitol grounds and mobilized people across the globe to email legislators in Virginia. The real reason the industry is so livid over this bill is not the idea of a woman having an ultrasound, one of the most routine medical tests available, but the fact that women will be asked if they want to see the image of their unborn child and the possibility that women may change their minds about having an abortion. Such a decision will be a financial catastrophe for an industry that relies heavily on abortion revenue.  Read entire article.........

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