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Personhood : HB 1 – Right to Life by Don Blake

By Don Blake, Chairman, Virginia Christian Alliance

There has been a lot of “chatter” in the news and on the internet about Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall’s House Bill 1 (HB 1).· The bill passed the Virginia House of Delegates (under the leadership of Speaker Bill Howell) two to one, for the second year in a row.

One would think that the HB 1 would pass the Virginia Senate by a vote or two, but certainly with a 20-20 vote and Lieutenant Governor Bolling voting the tie breaker.· Not so fast.

First, back to the “chatter”.· Newspaper, TV news and internet “news” is full of outright lies about what HB 1 “may” or “will” do.· Some would say “lies” is “too strong” – no the “chatter” and “news”against HB 1 are all lies.· It is like the old song “Who are you going to believe “ ME ? or your lying eyes”?

House Bill 1 is almost verbatim of the Missouri Law of 1986, that was tested by the U. S. Supreme Court in 1989.· Since 1986, none of the “issues” has been an “issue”.· So who are some of the liars?· Democratic Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn of Fairfax indicated (T.V. 8) the bill would restrict access to birth control.· Other Democratic General Assembly members have made false “issue” statements.· See Delegate Jennifer McClellan on T.V. CBS 6 News, February 15th.

T.V.· WTOP stated the “bill would cloud when abortion would be legal and possibly outlaw some forms of birth control.”· Where do they get this stuff?· WTOP also quoted Democratic Senator Barbara Favola of Arlington, “Why we want to repeal the 20th Century, I don’t know.”· Favola calls the bill a “very extreme agenda” that a group of people are trying to force on an entire state.

A group called “Progress VA” says “this war on women has got to stop”.· The “pro-abortion” movement does not want to be confused by the facts. ·The facts are that none of the suspected “issues” have been found to be valid since 1986.

Has anyone noticed that the Oklahoma Senate has passed a similar bill also modeled after the Missouri statute?· The bill passed 34 to 8 and is expected to easily pass the House and be signed by Governor Mary Fallin.· On February 17, 2012, the Alabama Supreme Court issued a landmark wrongful death opinion.· It was a unanimous decision.· The opinion is 46 pages long and can be downloaded through Liberty Council.

Will HB 1 pass the Virginia Senate?· Perhaps only Governor McDonnell and Lt. Governor Bolling know, or maybe Senator Steve Martin of Chesterfield knows, since he chairs the Senate Committee that will hear the bill.· Maybe Senator Bill Stanley knows.· Who knows?· None of these men are championing HB 1.· Will it pass the committee?· Is a Republican going to be in the “restroom” at voting time?· If it comes out of Committee, will all 20 Republicans vote for HB 1?· Will one of the 20 be in the “restroom”?· If it passes 20 – 20, will Lt. Gov. Bolling vote for the bill?· If HB 1 makes it to the Governor’s desk, will he sign it?

Who knows?· Maybe the Family Foundation knows and that’s why they are not “pushing” this HB 1 bill and declined an invitation to be a part of the HB 1 Rally at the Capitol on February 15, 2012.

Who knows?· Perhaps the Governor knows and that’s why he declined to meet with HB 1 supporters and attend the Rally.

Who knows?· Perhaps the Lt. Governor knows, and that’s why he declined to commit when meeting with three HB 1 supporters only a few weeks ago.· Perhaps that’s why he did not attend the HB 1 rally on the 15th.· Who knows?· Somebody knows!

It’s interesting that of our “major” Republican leaders, only Speaker Bill Howell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli “know” where they stand on HB 1.· The speaker lead the overwhelming vote in the House and the Attorney General made a strong statement of support for HB 1 at the HB 1 Rally.· Ken Cuccinelli boldly stated the bill was lawful and approved by the highest court in the land.· He encouraged Rally attendees to push their senators to vote for HB 1.

It’s also interesting to note that the Attorney General contradicted the Governor’s comments on HB 1 in front of 100 plus people at the Family Foundation meeting the same night of the Rally (which the Family Foundation did not support).· Governor McDonnell stated that he had not paid too much attention to HB 1 when asked if he would sign the bill if it “did” get to him.· The Governor said that if the bill came to him, he would “have his lawyers look at the bill”.· Literally moments after the governor left the meeting, Ken Cuccinelli spoke directly to the lawfulness of HB 1.· The Attorney General could not have been more clear in his support of HB 1 and the legality of the bill.· Does the Governor have a legal authority higher than the Attorney General?· Who knows?

What’s going to happen to HB 1?
Will it pass committee?
Will it pass the Senate?
Will Gov. McDonnell sign it?

Don Blake, Chairman 

Virginia Christian Alliance 

February 20, 2012

Call To Action!

Pro-life Virginians need to take action immediately to assure that the opportunity is not missed to codify that life begins at conception and that unborn children are endowed with fundamental rights.  This is a key component of HB1 which allows parents to assert a civil cause of action for the wrongful death of an unborn child.  This legislation has passed the House of Delegates and will soon be before the Senate Education and Health Committee.

This committee is composed of eight Republicans and seven Democrats.  All eight Republicans must vote yes in order for this bill to make it to the floor of the Senate.  Please contact these eight senators and urge them to support HB1.

Senator Steve Martin [email protected]

Senator Richard Black [email protected]

Senator Harry Blevins [email protected]

Senator Bill Carrico [email protected]

Senator Thomas Garrett [email protected]

Senator Stephen Newman [email protected]

Senator Ralph Smith [email protected]

Senator Jeffrey McWaters [email protected]

The governor needs to hear from us, the supporters of HB1
Please call his office to let his staff know that you want the governor to sign HB1 when it gets to his desk.

Governor McDonnell     804-786-2211

Or click here to contact his office via e-mail.

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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