Virginia Christian Alliance and The Valley Family Forum
Urgent Alert -- Ask VA Senators for Help -- Call Now!
One of our top priority pro-life bills in the VA General Assembly this year is a strong "Right to Life" bill also referred to "Wrongful Death" bill sponsored by Del. Bob Marshall (HB 1). Unfortunately, Sen. Bill Stanley has just filed a much weaker and more problematic alternative (SB 674) that must be either withdrawn or defeated.
The Virginia Christian Alliance has sent a letter to Bill Stanely and other representatives stating the grave concern that SB 674 poses and requests the bill be withdrawn immediately. Supposedly Sen. Bill Stanley had supported HB-1 in the first place and why the diluted SB-674 was filed is perplexing. Virginians will ask why we worked so hard to defeat Edd Houck in the last election just to get bills introduced like the Stanley bill. The Virginia Christian Alliance and Virginia Christian Action worked with Terry Beatley to bring Houck's career in the Senate to an end.
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While both bills allow parents to file a civil claim for damages in the event of the death of their unborn child that is caused by another person, there are very significant differences between the two bills as noted below. That is followed by a Call to Action for you to ask Sen. Stanley to withdraw his bill.·
The Stronger Marshall Bill - HB 1 (A Pro-Life Bill)
Establishes a "Wrongful Death" cause of action for an unborn at all stages by recognizing that life begins at conception and that unborn children are human beings.·
Creates a general rule of construction that applies to all of Virginia law, thereby laying a strong foundation for every future pro-life effort, including efforts to limit abortion.·
The Flawed Stanley Bill - SB 674 (A Pro-Lawyer Bill)
Also establishes a Wrongful Death cause of action for an unborn child - but only after 12 weeks by amending Virginia's existing wrongful death statute to include "a fetus".·
Is limited to creating a wrongful death cause of action but carries no potential to create a foundation for future efforts to limit abortion.·
Does not establish life at conception or recognize the basic humanity of the unborn.·
Please call or write to Sen. Stanley and co-sponsor Tom Garrett to inform them that SB 674 will interfere with important, long-term, pro-life goals because it does not establish the important principle that life begins at conception and that unborn children are human beings. Ask them to withdraw their bill and to support HB 1 when it comes to the Senate next month.·
Sen. Stanley is at (804) 698-7520, or you can write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sen. Garrett is at (804) 698-7522, or you can write to him at email@example.com.
Thank you so much. Your voice could make the difference - for life!·
House Bill 1 is substantively identical to an existing Missouri law, Mo. Rev. Stat. § 1.205.1, which the United States Supreme Court left standing in Webster v. Reproductive Health Services, 109 S.Ct. 3040 (1989). Its constitutionality cannot be seriously questioned.
What HB1 Does:
HB1 is Different From “Personhood” Initiatives:
Why SB674 is NOT a Pro-Life Bill, But Rather a Pro-Lawyer Bill:
 House Bill 1 differs from the Missouri statute only in that it uses the word “Commonwealth” in place of the word “state,” and that it includes a provision added by Del. David Albo during the committee hearings in 2011, which expressly provides that the law would have no effect on assisted conception practices (such as in vitro fertilization).
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