House Bill 2491 sponsored by Delegate Kathy Tran (D – Fairfax County) and 20 co-patrons (all Democrat), is (was) a bill before the Virginia House of Delegates that would relax restrictions on abortion. Thanks to HB2491, it’s 21 co-patrons and careless remarks by Virginia Governor and pediatrician Ralph Northam (also Democrat), the Commonwealth has been thrust into the international spotlight as the epicenter of controversy surrounding progressivism, abortion, infanticide and reproductive rights. How disgusting and embarrassing.

According to Virginia Code Section 18.2-32.2 Any person who unlawfully, willfully, deliberately and maliciously kills the fetus of another is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment of no less than 5 nor more than 40 years. If done so with premeditation, it is a Class 2 felony, punishable by 20 years to life and a fine of up to $100,000! Why do we have one law where the intentional death of a fetus is a felony with harsh penalties while the same premeditation, intent and result under the care of professionals and in the name of reproductive rights is acceptable?

The question of viability is always central to the controversy. We have expended immense resources arguing about when life begins. There is one very simple answer. Of all those beginning-of-life benchmarks we’ve concocted, not a one of them can stand without conception. Only conception can begin life. Any intentional taking of that life after conception can only be murder.

There are many among us that regard each birth as a gift of human potential to be nurtured but there are others that consider each birth a burden that society must bear, thus termination provides relief. Of the 10’s of millions of humans that have been terminated under the guise of “reproductive health” how many Einsteins, Mother Teresas or Martin Luther Kings have been terminated in the process?

I know of no other species that kills it’s young and certainly none that do so in the womb. We are destroying the sanctity of life. We are desensitizing ourselves to the wanton taking of defenseless lives. It begs the question; “What or who might be next?” Don’t forget, there have been tyrants throughout the ages that murdered millions in the name of progress. Some call it “ethnic cleansing”.

In Virginia, the death of an animal from abuse or cruelty is a felony. A bill, SB1604, being considered this session ups the ante by making abuse a felony whether the animal dies or not. Should we not also provide that same protection for our unborn children?

Chuck Angier

Sandy Level, VA

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