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CONTACT YOUR VA SENATOR: No to taxpayer-funded abortion! Take action here.

UPDATE at 1:43 p.m. EST on January 22, 2021: The pro-abortion majority in the Virginia Senate voted on party lines to remove the language in Virginia code regarding funding abortions under Virginia-run healthcare exchanges.  Every Republican and Democrat Senator Morrissey opposed the change.

This is the first step to requiring all Virginians to pay for abortions in public health care plans under the Affordable Care Act. 

“While SB 1276 doesn’t require that plans cover abortion yet, it is only a matter of time before our taxes are being used to cover other people’s abortions in future plans,” said Olivia Gans Turner, Virginia Society for Human Life President. “All Virginians, regardless of their position on the legality of abortion, should be disturbed by this change in the law.”

VIRGINIA, January 22, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Virginia’s Senate Bill 1276 forcing taxpayer-funded abortion is being debated and could go to a vote today.

This bill, which was proposed by Virginia State Senator Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond City), would make Virginia the first state in the South to end the ban on abortion coverage for healthcare plans sold or offered through the health benefits exchange.

“While this bill does not explicitly require any of the plans to pay for abortions, there is absolutely no doubt that under the current climate there will be many plans offered in the state that will cover abortion and every one of those is paid for by Virginians’ tax dollars,” Virginia Society of Human Life (VSHL) President Olivia Gans Turner told The Tennessee Star.

“So, whether or not you get your health insurance by purchasing one of these plans, you will be paying for abortions in someone else’s plan. That is the risk,” Turner continued.

“Senate Minority Leader Thomas Norment (R-James City) predicted that it will be a close vote, which is an indication that the vast majority of Republican members will oppose passage,” The Tennessee Star reported.

Sen. McClellan was the “chief patron” of the Reproductive Health Protection Act in 2020, which repealed Virginia’s mandatory ultrasound law and 24-hour waiting period prior to abortion, as well as other abortion center safety regulations.

CONTACT YOUR VA SENATOR: No to taxpayer-funded abortion! Take action here.

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