Friday, May 24, 2019

‘I don’t believe it’s too extreme:’ Republicans hope to pass near-total abortion ban in Virginia

Lawmakers have clearly stated that their goal is to get the topic in front of the Supreme Court, currently boasting a conservative majority, to legally overturn Roe V. Wade and outlaw abortion altogether.

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In the past two weeks, both the states of Georgia and Alabama have enacted total or near-total abortion bans. Now a Republican Delegate in Virginia says that he will fight to win the governor’s mansion as well as keep the narrow majority in the state’s legislature for the purpose of bringing near-total abortion to the state.

Delegate Bob Thomas said in a radio interview with conservative host John Fredericks last week, “I would love to see Virginia move that way but we have to have a governor who’s willing to sign these things. So we have to make some real progress in the next two years.”

When asked if the recent legislation in Georgia went too far, Thomas responded, “I don’t believe it’s too extreme. I think the problem we have here in Virginia is we have a Democrat [sic] governor. We’ve had one for a decade now. And if we’re ever to take the tide back and start putting some of those laws in Virginia, we have to find candidates who can win in blue areas of the state.”

Currently, Virginia Republicans hold a narrow majority in both the Virginia House of Delegates and the state Senate. This could change this November when all 120 seats go up for grabs. Current Virginia Governor Ralph Northman, a Democrat, will also be replaced come November.

Last week Georgia enacted legislation to prohibit abortions after a doctor first detects a fetal heartbeat, usually around six weeks gestation. This week Alabama passed a frightening total abortion ban and even refused to pass an amendment in the case of incest or rape.

In both states lawmakers have clearly stated that their goal is to get the topic in front of the Supreme Court, currently boasting a conservative majority, to legally overturn Roe V. Wade and outlaw abortion altogether.

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