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RICHMOND, Virginia (LifeSiteNews) – Virginia Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin is “cautiously optimistic” about enacting legislation to restrict abortion in the state, he said in an interview following last week’s disappointing-for-Republicans midterm elections.

“We are still working, and I’m cautiously optimistic,” Youngkin told WTOP, stressing that he is a  “pro-life governor.”

“I’m encouraged by the work that our leading legislators have made, and I do hope they can deliver a bill to my desk that would, in fact, restrict abortion after 15 weeks,” Youngkin continued, adding that such a bill would make exceptions for cases of “rape and incest and when the life of the mother is at risk.” The bill includes no such restrictions on abortion for babies prior to fifteen weeks.

“Virginians want fewer abortions, not more, and I think this is a good place for Virginia to land,” he said.

The Virginia General Assembly is currently divided between a Democrat Senate and Republican House of Delegates, complicating prospects for abortion restricting policies to reach the governor’s desk. 

READ: Democrats projected to keep control of the Senate

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UPDATE (3/30/23): Fr. Fidelis is jailed along with another pro-life hero

Father Fidelis has been sentenced to 270 days in jail by a Michigan court, while fellow Red Rose rescuer Matthew Connolly was sentenced to 90 days in jail and told to pay fines.

The CFR priest will serve his sentence (90 days per 3 charges) concurrently, so he will be behind bars for 3 months.

Like their companions Elizabeth Wagi and Jacob Gregor, who received lighter penalties, Moscinski and Connolly were pronounced guilty of “trespassing, resisting arrest, and disturbing the peace/interfering with a business” on February 24, 2023 at the 46th District Courthouse in Southfield, Michigan.

Wagi received 18 months’ probation with fines and was ordered not to go anywhere near an abortion facility or her co-defendants. Gregor got 12 months’ probation with fines and 10 days community service. He was told not to speak to convicted church members.

LifeSiteNews is still awaiting news of Dr. Monica Miller and Laura Gies, who were found guilty of trespassing and resisting arrest.

The Southfield trial stemmed from a Red Rose Rescue at the Northland Family Planning abortion center, one of three abortion centers owned and operated by Renee Chelian, on April 23, 2021.


UPDATE (1/24/23): 

Pro-life priest and Red Rose Rescuer Fr. Fidelis Moscinski has been found guilty of violating the Freedom to Access Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act. 

Yesterday Fr. Fidelis was convicted of the federal crime for a July 2022 “lock and block” rescue he conducted at a Planned Parenthood in Hempstead, New York. The priest is scheduled to be sentenced on April 24 and faces up to six months in federal prison. 

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UPDATE (10/26/22): 

A Pennsylvania court issued a split ruling against a pro-life Franciscan priest and activist arrested after he entered an abortion clinic to help women choose life.

Father Christopher “Fidelis” Moscinski was found guilty of two misdemeanor charges and not guilty of a felony trespass and a misdemeanor resist, for participating in a Red Rose Rescue at a Planned Parenthood.

Fr. Moscinski entered the clinic on August 27, 2021 with red roses and pro-life literature ready to hand out to women and persuading them to choose life for their children.

Fr. Fidelis has participated in many Red Rose Rescues at abortion centers, and for this has been imprisoned multiple times.

He was also previously arrested for trying to save babies in Ohio in June 2021 and in New Jersey in January 2020.

After the court decision, Fr. Fidelis urged people to “continue keeping all pro-lifers anywhere who are facing charges, especially federal charges, in your prayers, and that God can bring some good out of this unjust persecution.”

Sign this petition today to let Fr. Fidelis know you stand with him and his heroic fight to save unborn lives from abortion.

Fellow pro-life activist and Red Rose Rescuer Will Goodman told LifeSite’s Jim Hale that the court’s ruling to drop one felony and reject another was a “big victory.”But the crackdown on pro-lifers continues!

Just recently the Biden administration targeted Fr. Fidelis and other pro-life activists for Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE) violation charges.

This same law was also used by the FBI to raid the home of pro-life Catholic dad Mark Houck last month.

It’s really a disgrace that in America pro-lifers are increasingly being attacked and persecuted simply because they stand for life.

Fr. Fidelis Moscinski needs your prayers and support now more than ever as he continues to fearlessly battle for the unborn.

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In July, Democrat state Sen. Louise Lucas, who heads the Senate Education and Health Committee, declared that a 15-week ban was “not going to get through my committee”; Republican state Del. Dave LaRock has suggested that more modest actions to promote choosing life stood better odds, such as making state funding for Virginia universities contingent on not committing abortions, denying family planning funds to entities that commit abortion, increasing funding for crisis pregnancy centers, and supporting adoption.

READ: Virginia bishops encourage faithful to support Gov. Youngkin’s move to secure parental rights

Youngkin rose to office on a wave of grassroots discontent over Democrats’ extreme stances on COVID-19 and education, which also delivered the Virginia House to Republican hands. Since then, he has pursued a conservative policy agenda, though in addition to the Democrat Senate he has had to contend with moderate-to-liberal GOP legislators undermining work on some of the issues he campaigned on.

Last month, a poll by Christopher Newport University’s Wason Center found that 51% of Virginians would support banning abortion at 15 weeks, with rape and incest exceptions.