Take a good look at these turncoats.
Stosch. Norment. Watkins. Blevins. Wagner. Ruff.
HB 1 was common sense legislation that passed Oklahoma today. It’s on the books in Missouri. Legislation that survived legal challenge at the Supreme Court of the United States.
…but could not survive these six pro-abortion collaborators.
Now, instead of the headlines reading that personhood will be sent to Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell for signature, the headlines read very different.
From the DPVA:
I’ve got some great news! This afternoon the Virginia Senate voted to kill the Republican “Personhood” legislation that could have banned abortion, outlawed birth control and continued the Republican assault on a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body.
This is a victory for Virginia women and for any person who just wants a government that puts making people’s lives better ahead of injecting itself into their most personal decisions.
This is also a victory for you, and the thousands of people like you who raised their voices to make sure these Republicans knew that Virginians will not tolerate the divisive, dangerous and distracting agenda they are attempting to force on our families.
From Governor “Abuser Fees” Tim Kaine:
“While the General Assembly may have set personhood legislation aside, it still remains an issue in the Virginia Senate race where one of my opponents sponsored the bill and another has called for similar legislation at the federal level. A focus on this social agenda at any level of government is unwise and will only act as an obstacle to finding common ground on our more pressing economic challenges. My focus will continue to be on solving our fiscal challenges, putting more Americans back to work, and building a 21st century talent economy that will help us emerge from this recession stronger than before it.”
…and lastly, from the Senate Democrats, in full:
Senate Democrats Defeat Personhood Bill
Embarrassed Republican Senators Split By Infighting
Acknowledging that their divisive social agenda has been resoundingly rejected — not only in Virginia but nationwide — 6 Republicans joined Senate Democrats to defeat HB 1, the “personhood” bill.
In the face of national ridicule, Republicans in Virginia have suffered another defeat. On the heels of the Republican cave on Senate Bill 484, which would have mandated intrusive ultrasounds before abortions, and had been ridiculed by the media around the globe, Republicans suspended the normal Senate rules to ensure that HB 1 was quickly dealt with. Senate Republicans are obviously hoping to avoid more embarrassing national media coverage.
“I hope these guys get the message and stop trying repeal the 20th century. I’m tired of Virginia being compared to Mississippi. This kind of legislation is making our state a national embarrassment,” said Senator Richard L. Saslaw.
Senator A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) said, “We are obviously relieved we have stalled the for now, but we should recognize that the Republicans can always bring the bill back up, so we must remain vigilant — their war against women isn’t going away.”
“I’m disappointed that the Republicans circumvented normal Senate procedure to get rid of this bill. I’m disappointed, but not surprised, because Republican Senators are ashamed of the way they have been treating women, and they should be ashamed,” Senator McEachin added.
House Bill 1 was sent back to the Education and Health committee on a vote of 24 to 14, and passed by for the year.
So… was it worth it, gentlemen?
What was more of a loss — personhood on the books? Or a gleeful and gloating Democratic minority with the press and momentum working in their favor — and for no other reason than because the liberals believe more in their principles than we conservatives believe in ours.
Take that one line home and let it burn in your mind.
Was this betrayal worth it?
Who can we thank for this in three years?
These six turncoats should be targeted for defeat in three years. What they did to betray the pro-life movement is unforgivable. For personhood to pass by such wide margins in the House of Delegates only to be turned back by spineless and weak-kneed Senate Republicans is one of the most blatant betrayals of the conservative movement in decades — probably since the 2004 Chichester tax hike (the architects of which there are familiar names on this list).
So what did pro-lifers gain from a Republican-led Senate again?
…and we’ll remember that from now until 2015.
When did it become such a shame for conservatives to stand up on the floor of the Virginia Senate and defend the basic human right to exist?