Virginia General Assembly Update–Week 4
Defending Life Day & Virginia March for Life: What a day! On Wednesday, Virginia Pro-Life Day drew thousands of people to Capitol Square in Richmond to advocate, witness and pray for life. Many participants met directly with their legislators in the morning. Constituents urged their representatives to reject a radical and dangerous proposal to add a so-called “right to abortion” amendment to the Virginia constitution. They also emphasized to legislators the importance of supporting the Hyde Amendment, the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, a bill to restore Virginia’s informed consent law, and a bill to increase public awareness of life-affirming assistance available for pregnant women. In the afternoon, participants were energized and inspired at a rally, marched around Capitol Square in a peaceful and powerful witness for life, and then gathered together in prayer. To see and hear more, watch this Diocese of Arlington video that captures the essence of the day.
To all who participated, especially the very large number of students, thank you! Protecting life in our laws and policies starts with each one of us. The changes we desire will take time, so it is necessary to stay engaged. If you were among those who visited legislators’ offices, please thank them for meeting with you, follow how they’re voting, and keep the dialogue going with them. This is the essential work of faithful citizenship!
Legislative updates: Later today and early next week, we anticipate movement on several high priority issues in various areas of Virginia Catholic Conference advocacy. Please stay tuned for an update on those next week.
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In prayer and in public, your voices are urgently needed to bring Gospel values to bear on vital decisions being made by those who represent you.
The Virginia Catholic Conference is the public policy agency representing Virginia’s Catholic bishops and their two dioceses.