Wednesday, February 8, 2012

ProLife HB 1 up Friday in Committee


My HB 1, known as the “Inalienable Right to Life Act” will be heard later this week in the House Courts of Justice Committee.  HB 1recognizes that human life begins at conception and also declares that unborn children and their parents have protectable legal interests.   
The immediate effect of HB 1 will be to create a civil cause of action for the wrongful death of an unborn child to enable parents to sue a third party for damages if he or she wrongfully causes the death of their unborn baby either through assault or negligence.
Such legal protection exists in many states.  But Virginia does not allow civil legal recourse if the baby is not “born alive.” My bill will correct this, while acknowledging the humanity of the preborn child.
Those who oppose my bill have said the bill will allow prosecutions for abortionists, miscarriages, and oral contraception, but an almost identical law has been on the books in Missouri for more than 25 years and was left standing by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1989 decision, Webster v. Reproductive Health Services.  None of these circumstances have come to pass in all these years.
Since HB 1 is not a criminal law, it will not affect the current practice of abortion but it will in fact recognize that unborn children are human beings. Ultimately this will lead to the question of how and why our laws can justly sanction the destruction of preborn children.  Remember that pro-abortion  Justice Blackmun  in 1973 said that should the legal personhood of the unborn child be established, then Roe v. Wade which struck down all criminal laws banning abortion,  would be reversed.  
Please contact the members of the House Courts of Justice Committee below and ask them to support HB 1.

Thank you so much for your support!

Delegate Bob Marshall

PS:   Please join me and pro-lifers from around Virginia in a “Rally for Life” on the Richmond Capitol Grounds in support of HB 1 and other pro-life bills on Wednesday, February 15, at 10:45 AM - 12:00 NOON. Here is a flyer with more information.
Courts of Justice Committee Members:


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Manassas, VA 20108

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