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September 13, 2021 · OPINION

Virginia “March for Life” Saturday in Richmond

By Adam Cassandra

Defenders of human dignity and the right to life will gather in Richmond on Friday, September 17, to “make their voices heard at the steps of the State Capitol on behalf of unborn children” during the third annual Virginia March for Life.

Participants will rally at noon to hear special guest speakers before the march starts at 1 p.m.

“We look forward to coming together to highlight the cause of life in Virginia where there are far too few protections for the unborn,” Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life Defense and Education Fund, said in a press release.

“Every human life should be valued and deserves legal protection,” Ms. Mancini added.

Several Virginia laws put in place to protect babies in the womb and their mothers were rolled back when Democrats took control of the state government last year. Now, “Virginia state law currently allows abortion for virtually any reason through all nine months of pregnancy,” according to March for Life.

While supporters of abortion often describe it as a normal medical procedure, abortion is an act of violence meant to intentionally kill another human being.

More than 62 million human lives have been snuffed out through abortion in America since the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973 according to one analysis. That’s more than 10 times the number of Jewish victims killed by Nazi Germany during the Holocaust — which is considered one of the greatest human rights violations of all time.

With Virginians preparing to choose a new governor this November, abortion has become a “huge motivator” in the campaign according to a recent Politico headline quoting Democratic nominee and former governor Terry McAuliffe.

Mr. McAuliffe was specifically responding to how the new state law in Texas which protects babies with a heartbeat from being killed via abortion could motivate voters in Virginia. The Texas law will continue to face legal challenges, but its intended goal of stopping the death of innocents is a noble one.

Additionally, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to take up a case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, with the potential to overturn Roe v. Wade — which would make control of state governments even more important in terms of protecting the right to life.

Ms. Mancini told Politico she’s hoping the Virginia March for Life will “inspire voter participation in November’s election.”

“It’s time for Virginians to take a stand,” Victoria Cobb, president of the Family Foundation, which is co-hosting the Virginia March for Life, said in a statement.

“While our commonwealth has been working through the difficulties of a pandemic, the abortion industry has been launching tele-services, increasing abortion volume later and later in pregnancy and receiving more money than ever before from our taxpayers,” Ms. Cobb stated.

Mr. McAuliffe stated that if he’s once again governor, he “will be a brick wall” to protect the legalized killing of unborn human life through abortion.

Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin, on the other hand, said he’s “staunchly, unabashedly pro-life,” although he’s not willing to outlaw abortions “in the case of rape, in the case of incest and in the case when the mother’s life is in jeopardy.”

Dr. Donna Harrison, an OBGYN and executive director of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said: “The truth, known to thousands of OB-GYNs worldwide, is that there is no situation in which an abortion is medically necessary.”

In a campaign appearance, Mr. Youngkin said, “[W]e got to stop using taxpayer money for abortions. And we got to stop allowing abortions all the way up until the last week before birth.” Mr. Youngkin has also stated “you’ll never hear me support Planned Parenthood. What you’ll hear me talk about is actually taking back the radical abortion policies that Virginians don’t want.”

At the March for Life this week, Virginians will have “the opportunity to be heard” by their representatives and “demand respect for the rights” of unborn children. I hope many show up for the March for Life. But it’s more important for Virginians to rally together in electing representatives this November who will work to defend human dignity and the right to life — starting with the most vulnerable human beings in the womb.
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