Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the Life at Conception Act in the Senate yesterday that would establish that human life begins at the moment of conception. If passed, the bill would extend equal protection under 14th article of amendment of the Constitution to unborn fetuses and would reverse Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the US.
At the March for Life, held Monday at the National Mall, Senator Wicker pledged to overturn Roe v. Wade and stated, "We believe Roe v. Wade has led to a three-and-a-half decades-long holocaust in the United States of America."
Nancy Keenan, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America, criticized the bill stating, "This is the latest example of hypocrisy from politicians who said they want less government in our lives yet propose bills like this one that would open the door to more political interference in our personal, private decisions. If this bill resembles past versions, it would ban abortion - even in cases of rape or incest and threatens to outlaw birth control."
Media Resources: NARAL Pro-Choice America 1/25/11; Statement of Rand Paul 1/24/11; ABC News 1/24/11
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. . . .