General Assembly Session Update
Dear <<First Name>>,
It has been a busy week at the General Assembly.
Standing Up for Life
As many of you have probably read or heard, this week Democrats in the Virginia House of Delegates presented legislation that would allow for full-term abortions. Simply put, under this bill, it would be possible for a baby to be aborted up until birth. When questioned, bill sponsor Delegate Train said “my bill would allow that, yes” and “there are no limits in the bill.”
Seeing this legislation anywhere is heartbreaking and disturbing, but especially here in Virginia. As a father and pediatric dentist, this has left me deeply concerned and profoundly sad.
After the bill was presented, we heard our Governor defend the legislation, saying, “the infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired."
Fortunately, we were able to defeat the bill this year. However, Virginia Democrats have revealed just how extreme their abortion policies are and made abundantly clear what would become the law of the Commonwealth if they ever won a majority in the General Assembly.
Twenty-one House Democrats have co-sponsored, and undoubtedly many more support, this bill to lift all meaningful restrictions on late-term abortions. This is a stunning and open acknowledgement that the policies being proposed by Democrats would allow abortion for any reason, at any time during a pregnancy. These comments, and these policies, are reprehensible and outside of the mainstream, even among pro-choice voters. Even liberal Sen. Tim Kaine distanced himself from Del.Tran's bill and Gov. Northam's comments saying, "Del. Tran has a bill to change existing Va. law. I support the existing Va. law, which has been in place since the mid-70s and it puts conditions upon a third-trimester abortion."
Supporters of this legislation are claiming that these comments are taken out of context, but these are their own words in raw, unedited form. You can watch the video of Delegate Tran by clicking here. The Governor’s comments were aired in-full, live on the radio, you can watch those here.
This is what is at stake in Virginia. Democrats have made it abundantly clear that this bill, which allows abortion up to the moment of birth, would become law if they take control of the General Assembly. And Governor Northam has already vowed to sign the “Repeal Act.” I hope you will join me in standing up for life.
Tolling on I-81
In the House Transportation Committee on Thursday, the legislation that originally included tolling as the mechanism for funding I-81 upgrades was amended. The current version no longer includes tolling. Instead, the bill creates the I-81 Corridor Improvement Fund and convenes a committee that will take a closer look at funding sources and alternatives while soliciting public comment.
We can all agree I-81 needs improvement; however, I believe it is critically important that we fully vet and weigh the pros and cons of any funding mechanism, rather than rushing forward with a proposal.
From the beginning, I had concerns and doubts about the tolling concept presented in early January. Since then, I have heard from many constituents who share these concerns. I look forward to the in-depth study this committee will complete and working with my colleagues to determine the best pathway for funding and completing these important improvements.
I encourage you to keep in touch with me and my office. I value the feedback you provide as it helps me do a better job of representing you. You can email me at DelTPillion@house.virginia.gov or call me at 804-698-1004.