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This Week at the 2019 Virginia General Assembly-Week 7

February 22, 2019 by Jeff Caruso

This Week at the 2019 Virginia General Assembly-Week 7


With just one day left in this year’s General Assembly session, the budget conferees are coming down to the wire in final negotiations over amendments to the state budget, with no decisions announced as of this posting. Meanwhile, this final week featured intense debates on several life and family issues.

Equal Rights Amendment: The ERA is officially dead in Virginia this year. Virginia stood strong against pro-abortion efforts.  The ERA proponents’ two procedural resolutions designed to circumvent the rules in the House failed this week.  The decision made at the full and fair hearing earlier this session where the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) failed to pass in the House is final. Thanks again to everyone who advocated to stop the ERA!

Virginia March for Life: Mark your calendars for the Virginia March for Life being held on April 3, 2019 in Richmond at the State Capitol.  The Rally begins at 11:00 a.m. and the March begins at noon.  Additionally, we are excited to announce that His Excellency, the Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout, will be celebrating Mass at Saint Peter’s Catholic Church at 9:00 a.m. that morning.

Surrogacy expansion, embryo destruction: VCC-opposed legislation to expand Virginia’s surrogacy law (HB 1979, Sullivan) passed the Senate 28-12 on Monday and then passed the House 63-36, as amended, on Wednesday. An estimated 620,000 frozen embryos are now stored in the U.S., and that number could greatly increase because of HB 1979 and similar legislation in other states. In an especially disappointing development, a pro-life amendment to the bill that Senator Peake offered twice (in committee and then on the floor) was defeated both times. The amendment would have prevented surrogacy contracts from requiring abortion for “selective reduction” or other reasons. HB 1979 is now on its way to the Governor’s desk.

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