Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has said he will veto a 20-week abortion ban bill if the bill is passed in Virginia’s Congress.
According to the Associated Press, the Virginia legislature tried to pass the bill banning abortion after 20 weeks last year, but it was unsuccessful. Now, pro-life advocate have been emboldened with the election of Donald Trump, as well as the power that Republicans--many of whom are pro-life--now have in the government.
Virginia legislators hope to follow in the steps of Ohio, which passed a similar 20-week abortion ban bill a few weeks ago.
McAuliffe, who is a Democrat, firmly opposes this bill, however.
"I can't sit back and have that sitting out the same time I am traveling the globe recruiting businesses to Virginia," McAuliffe stated. "If there's something that would be damaging toward business, and to our image around the country and the globe, I'll veto it, you bet I will."
McAuliffe’s vetoes have never been overridden in the Virginia General Assembly.
The bill’s sponsor Dave LaRock, strongly disagrees with McAuliffe’s stance on the issue of abortion.
"It's outrageous for a person with any compassion to turn a blind eye while this torture takes place," LaRock said.
A similar bill was also introduced this week in Kentucky, which is likely to pass.
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Publication date: January 4, 2017