About 6,500 Virginians rallied at the State Capitol in Richmond on Wednesday to voice support for the unborn. The first Virginia March for Life coincided with the legislature’s day to consider bills that Gov. Ralph Northam vetoed. One of the measures he blocked would have protected babies from taxpayer-funded abortions on the basis of a disability diagnosis.
Many demonstrators came to protest remarks Northam made in defense of Del. Kathy Tran’s bill to legalize abortion through the moment of birth. Northam, a Democrat and a physician, said that babies with deformities who survived a late-term abortion could be left to die after safely being delivered.
“My hope is that so many legislators that think this is not on people’s radar will realize there are a lot of Virginians who are really upset about this, very willing to be mobilized … that there is going to be pushback and they are going to hear from their constituents,” Dawn Beutner, a rally attendee from Annandale, Va., told The Federalist.
Jeanne Mancini, president of National March for Life, said that rallies like Virginia’s are integral to the pro-life effort. “We are seeing the abortion [industry] lobby for extreme bills at the level of the state,” she said. “The stakes are higher, and we think rallying the grassroots at the state level is critically important.” —S.G.