Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, has pledged to veto a bill being proposed in the Virginia State Legislature that would ban abortions at 20 weeks, stating it would damage the image of Virginia.
A Republican delegate proposed the bill, which is similar to a measure being considered by Congressional Republicans and one that Ohio signed into law last month. A new push for restrictions on abortion seems to be gaining steam after the election of Donald Trump for president, the AP asserted.
McAuliffe is not in the habit of commenting on proposed legislation before it passes, but he is attempting to nip this initiative in the bud.
“I can’t sit back and have that sitting out the same time I am traveling the globe recruiting businesses to Virginia,” McAuliffe said, the AP reported. “If there’s something that would be damaging toward business, and to our image around the country and the globe, I’ll veto it, you bet I will.”
So, even though McAuliffe never comments on pending legislation, he has gone out of his way to say he will veto a bill that saves lives? This bill would ban abortions after twenty weeks, or five months of pregnancy, which many experts say gives a pregnant woman wanting to abort her child ample time to terminate the pregnancy. Five months is also the point scientists say a fetus is “viable”, meaning that it could, theoretically, be born, and is therefore considered “life”.
The bill is a part of a maneuver by many pro-life Republicans both in Congress, and recently in Ohio, which was signed by Governor John Kasich, an Ohio Republican and former 2016 Presidential candidate. Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is also expected to sign a similar bill soon.
In March of 2016, North Carolina Republicans passed legislation that would prohibit local governments from mandating private businesses allow transgender individuals from using the restroom of their gender identity. This led to much criticism and even some snowflake states don’t allow their employees to travel to North Carolina, and some businesses no longer operate there. This eventually led to the defeat of Republican Governor Pat McCrory.
It seems that Governor McAuliffe is concerned that similar retaliations could occur in Virginia. However, there is no evidence that supporting a pro-life bill would damage Virginia. No damage or boycotts have occurred in Ohio, where a similar bill was passed. Next year Virginians will be voting for a new governor, let’s continue to advance our fight for life and make sure a conservative is elected.