RICHMOND, VA – Yesterday, Youngkin reiterated his pledge to pass an abortion ban in the Commonwealth of Virginia if the GOP gains the majority in the Virginia Senate and retains its edge in the House of Delegates.
On the campaign trail, Youngkin was careful to conceal his opinion on abortion, and was even caught on tape saying he had to lie to voters about his plans for a statewide ban, or risk losing independent voters.
Once in office, however, Youngkin has been anything but moderate on abortion. In an online forum last summer, Youngkin announced he would sign “any bill that comes to [his] desk” to ban abortion in the Commonwealth “happily and gleefully.”
This pledge to sign “any bill” presumably includes the three bills killed by Senate Democrats during the 2023 General Assembly session. One proposed by GOP Delegate Marie March would have banned abortion in the Commonwealth entirely, with no exceptions for rape or incest.
“Youngkin has set the stakes for the election this November,” said Liam Watson, Press Secretary for the Democratic Party of Virginia. “The governor has put it plainly: give Republicans the majority in the General Assembly, and he’ll deliver a statewide abortion ban.”
VPM reported yesterday that North Carolina’s abortion ban will raise the stakes significantly this November, making Virginia the last remaining state in the South with broad access to abortion.