Values matter, for everything we do flows from them. Standing up for Southwest Virginia values has not only been the cornerstone of this Senate campaign, it is a creed that I have served by during my time in the House of Delegates.
Hard work, strong faith, and respect for our fundamental rights are just a few of these values that make our region such a great place. Over the course of this campaign, I have shared how many of our values are under attack by an increasing far-left agenda in Richmond. From late-term abortion and infanticide to billion-dollar tax increases and undermining the right to work, these are just some of the extreme proposals we had to defeat this year alone.
Earlier this year, Virginia made national news (the first time) when Delegate Kathy Tran presented a bill that had NO restrictions on late-term abortions, meaning a child could be aborted up until birth. The next day, Governor Northam went on a radio program and not only defended the legislation, but took it to another level with comments that suggested infanticide. As I said during the General Assembly session, seeing this legislation—as a father, pediatric dentist, and lawmaker—is sickening, especially right here in Virginia.
Fortunately, our slim Republican majority was able to defeat that legislation. With all 140 seats in the General Assembly up for election this year, Democrats have already vowed to bring the bill back next year and they are working to take back the majority so they can pass a bill like that into law. If I am elected Senator for the 40th District, you can count on me to oppose this abhorrent bill once again. And just to show you exactly where we are, the same member that introduced this no-limits abortion bill also sponsored legislation to protect the cankerworm from insecticides.
Friends, we can’t allow our Southwest Virginia values to be traded for New York and California and we certainly can’t stand for cankerworms having greater value than human life. While some have questioned the proper role of government in this issue, I say if government isn’t protecting the right to innocent human life, then that government is not proper. Our Declaration of Independence holds that we are endowed by our Creator “with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” and that these rights should be secured. The wisdom and truth in these words still hold today.
Now more than ever before, the voices of voters in Southwest Virginia need to be heard loud and clear. With your support and vote on April 25th, we can take a decisive stand for our Southwest Virginia values. Please join us for this election at the Scott County Career and Technical Center in Gate City on Thursday, April 25th. Registration opens at 5:30pm and the meeting begins at 6:30pm. Not sure if you reside in the 40th District? Click here.