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Youngkin Pledges to ‘Work Tirelessly’ to Protect Babies Capable of Feeling Pain from Abortion

Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin speaks during a campaign event in McLean, Va., July 14, 2021. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters)

On Friday, the political action committee of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List endorsed Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin and released the following letter that Youngkin sent to pro-life leaders and activists: 

Dear Pro-Life Leaders and Activists:

Infanticide. That is what the current Democratic Governor of Virginia defended on the radio. Advocating to keep a child, formed in the image of God, “comfortable” while a “discussionensues whether that child should live or die.

The Governor’s comments came as he was questioned about a radical bill in the Virginia legislature that would allow for abortions up until the moment of birth in the Commonwealth, even late-term abortions that can result in babies being born alive.

Because of the blowback, that bill never became law, narrowly defeated, 51-49 in the House of Delegates. But when pressed whether or not he’d veto the legislation if it came to his desk, the Democratic nominee for Governor, Terry McAuliffe, in April of 2021 called it a “commonsense bill” and said “I would not have vetoed the bill” if it crossed his desk as Governor.

My Democratic opponent, Terry McAuliffe, supports abortion on-demand, up until the moment of birth, paid for by the taxpayers.

As the next Governor of Virginia, I will proudly stand up for the unborn and their mothers. I believe life begins at conception. My views are formed not only by my faith, but by science as well.

Instead of working to expand late-term abortion in Virginia, I’ll proudly advocate to limit abortions when the unborn child can feel pain. The United States is one of just seven countries around the globe – in the company of China and North Korea – to allow late abortions when the child can feel pain. That’s why over 20 states have enacted Pain-Capable limits to stop late abortions. I’ll work tirelessly to add Virginia to the list.

Further, I will protect Virginia taxpayers from paying for abortions. Earlier this year – on Good Friday – Governor Northam signed into law a bill that expands taxpayer funding of abortions. I will work vigorously to stop our tax dollars from funding abortions.

We have much work to do, and first and foremost, we must win this race. I urge you to be “all in” on this campaign. Help me make Terry McAuliffe’s extreme views clear on the campaign trail: Volunteer to phone bank, go door-to-door, educate your friends and family.

With your help, we can do this, and go to work advocating for mothers and their unborn children here in the Commonwealth this November.

Youngkin and Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe sparred over the issue of abortion at Thursday night’s gubernatorial debate. Youngkin hit McAuliffe for supporting late-term abortion and taxpayer-funded abortion, and McAuliffe admitted that he supports changing Virginia law to make it easier to get a late-term abortion. 

Youngkin said he “would not sign” a version of the Texas Heartbeat Abortion Act, calling the law “unworkable and confusing” and pointing to his support for exceptions not in the Texas law. When debate moderator Susan Page asked Youngkin if he could support a bill prohibiting abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected that has exceptions for cases of rape, incest, and life endangerment, Youngkin didn’t directly answer the question, pointing instead to his support for a Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. “I do believe that a pain-threshold bill would be appropriate,” Youngkin said.

To get even that modest right-to-life protection enacted, Republicans would need control of the legislature and the governorship. Both houses of the Virginia legislature are controlled by Democrats, and state senators don’t face an election until 2023.

“The days when then-Senator Biden supported common ground, life-saving policies like the Hyde Amendment are long gone. Terry McAuliffe is a longtime pro-abortion extremist who would double down on the egregious legacy of Ralph Northam and then some,” Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser said in a statement endorsing Youngkin. “We thank Glenn Youngkin for calling out Democrats’ extremism, highlighting the stark contrast between his policy agenda and McAuliffe’s, and committing to be a champion for unborn children and their mothers as well as taxpayers in the Commonwealth.”

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