The platform also includes very strong planks on reproductive rights and violence against women. A very strong economic proposal for women is included that supports passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, paid family medical leave, 7 days paid sick leave, and increasing the minimum wage with yearly adjustments based on cost of living indices.
4/15/2014 Virginia Bishops Advocate More Abortion Restrictions for Poor Women - Using the Medicaid expansion debate as a platform, the Virginia Catholic Conference issued a statement Friday calling for the repeal of a Virginia law that allows state funding of abortion care for Medicaid recipients in situations where the fetus exhibits a "gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity" or a "gross and totally incapacitating mental deficiency."
Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington authored the statement which urges Virginia lawmakers to act to expand Medicaid to cover more of Virginia's poor. . . .