(WFXR) — Gov. Glenn Youngkin and other Virginia officials shared their thoughts Friday morning about the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Roe v. Wade, eliminating constitutional protections for abortion that have been in place for nearly five decades.
Gov. Glenn Youngkin
The Supreme Court of the United States has rightfully returned power to the people and their elected representatives in the states. I’m proud to be a pro-life Governor and plan to take every action I can to protect life. The truth is, Virginians want fewer abortions, not more abortions. We can build a bipartisan consensus on protecting the life of unborn children, especially when they begin to feel pain in the womb, and importantly supporting mothers and families who choose life. That’s why I’ve asked Senator Siobhan Dunnavant, Senator Steve Newman, Delegate Kathy Byron and Delegate Margaret Ransone to join us in an effort to bring together legislators and advocates from across the Commonwealth on this issue to find areas where we can agree and chart the most successful path forward. I’ve asked them to do the important work needed and be prepared to introduce legislation when the General Assembly returns in January.”Statement released by Gov. Glenn Youngkin on June 24, 2022
Governor Glenn Youngkin released the following statement today on security after the Supreme Court’s Dobbs ruling announcement:
“Today’s ruling is a landmark decision for our country. While I understand that people across the nation have strong beliefs about this ruling, Virginians must always respect the rule of law and I appeal to their civility on this historic day. Our administration is committed to protecting individuals’ constitutional rights and ensuring Virginians are safe. I am in regular contact with the Supreme Court Justices and my administration is in coordination with our mayors, and local and state police to ensure we are ready to take appropriate action if need be. Virginia will not stand for lawlessness or violence,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin.Statement released by Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s office on June 24, 2022
Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears
The Lieutenant Governor supports the Governor’s actions to ensure the safety of the Supreme Court justices and their loved ones. “We support the First Amendment and the right to protest peacefully but not at the expense of the safety of others. We are a civilized society. The baby in the womb wants to live. We ask for God’s protection for our commonwealth and our country”, stated Winsome Earle-Sears in the decision for Dobbs v. Jackson.
Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization argued this term before the Supreme Court, will determine the constitutionality of a state’s right to make laws allowing or prohibiting abortion. This case was heard in reference to legislation passed by the state of Mississippi: the Gestational Age Act (HB 1510), prohibiting most abortions at 15 weeks of pregnancy.
“Today, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Dobbs, giving power back to the states to make decisions on abortion. The court has recognized that the 1973 decision was an example of judicial and federal overreach. The important question of abortion has now been returned to statehouses across the country, in order for them to make their own policy decisions- which is exactly what the founding fathers envision when they wrote the 10th amendment to the Constitution. I applaud the Court for recognizing this wrong and having the courage to correct it. I look forward to working with the Governor and the General Assembly in the next legislative session on legislation that respects life,” the Lieutenant Governor added.
“The 10th Amendment to the Constitution says, ‘The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.’ This ruling supports this amendment.”Statement released by Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears’ office on June 24, 2022
Attorney General Jason Miyares
“Today the Supreme Court ruled that the issue of abortion should not be decided by unelected federal judges, but by the people of the States through their elected representatives. Good and reasonable people can disagree on this issue but now Virginians, not federal judges, can decide its future. The Attorney General will continue to uphold and enforce both the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Virginia.”Statement released by Attorney General Jason Miyares’ office on June 24, 2022
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine
I am deeply disturbed that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, upsetting decades of precedent protecting the right of women to make fundamental personal decisions about contraception and abortion without unnecessary government interference. That’s why I’ve been engaged in efforts in the Senate to codify the basic framework of Roe v. Wade and related cases into federal law. We’re not going to give up on the fight to protect the right to choose.Statement released by U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine on June 24, 2022
U.S. Sen. Mark Warner
This decision jeopardizes the health and autonomy of millions of American women and turns back the clock on nearly 50 years of settled and reaffirmed law – reflecting a Court that has increasingly issued politicized rulings that undermine the fundamental rights of Americans. This decision will take control over personal health care decisions away from individuals and give it to politicians in state legislatures across the country. I am heartbroken for the generations of women who now have fewer rights than when they were born, many of whom will be forced into life-threatening or prohibitively expensive circumstances to access health care as a result of this radical decision. For them and for all Virginians and Americans, I will continue working to protect needed access to safe, legal abortion.Statement released by U.S. Sen. Mark Warner on June 24, 2022
U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith
Roe v. Wade was a constitutional error that has produced decades of tragedy. The Supreme Court got the law right today in Dobbs. The Court has returned to the individual states the ability to make their own decisions on this issue. Our task going forward from this decision is to carry on the hard but rewarding work of building a culture that protects, respects, and cherishes life.Statement posted on Facebook by Congressman Morgan Griffith on June 24, 2022
U.S. Rep. Ben Cline
Today, #LifeWins! This is a historic day for America and the long fight to protect the unborn!Tweet posted by Congressman Ben Cline on June 24, 2022
U.S. Rep. Bob Good
Thank God for the SCOTUS’s courage. May Republicans in Congress match that courage by demanding a vote on the Life at Conception Act, and finally bring an end to the atrocity of abortion in America.Statement posted on Facebook by Congressman Bob Good on June 24, 2022
State Sen. Travis Hackworth
Incredible news! I am thankful that the Supreme Court didn’t surrender to leftist bullying and maintained course in protecting the most vulnerable in our society. I will always remember this day as the day our precious babies were given their right to life back and will be leading efforts to protect life in Virginia during the next session. Well done, Supreme Court!Statement posted on Facebook by state Sen. Travis Hackworth on June 24, 2022
State Sen. David Suetterlein
Today’s landmark Supreme Court ruling rightly reverses a terrible decision opposed to constitutional law. Elected state governments will now have the ability to pass reasonable protections for innocent human life like those found in Europe. The Dobbs decision is a critical victory for constitutional separation of powers, but most importantly a victory for innocent human lives.Statement posted on Facebook by state Sen. David Suetterlein on June 24, 2022
House of Delegates Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn
Today’s Supreme Court Decision overturning Roe v. Wade was devastating news for millions of Americans and triggered laws in several states banning abortion. In Virginia, however, access to abortion remains legal thanks to the leadership of Eileen Filler-Corn and other Virginia Democrats. As the 56th Speaker of the House of Delegates, Eileen Filler-Corn led the effort to repeal Republican barriers to abortion access.
“The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade is a staggering rollback of human rights. Don’t think they will stop here. While abortion access remains legal in VA today, I will continue fighting daily to protect our rights and the rights of our daughters. This isn’t over,” said Eileen Filler-Corn.
Minutes after the Supreme Court’s decision, Governor Glenn Youngkin announced support for a dangerous 15-week abortion ban.
In response, Delegate Filler-Corn said, “This puts Virginia Democratic legislators on the frontlines of protecting abortion access in the south and increases the urgency to turn Virginia blue. I invite Virginians to join our coalition to protect a woman’s right to self-determination.”Statement released by the office of the House of Delegates Speaker Eileen-Filler Corn on June 24, 2022
Del. Terry Austin
I proudly stand with Governor Youngkin, Speaker Todd Gilbert, and the millions of pro-life Virginians in supporting the Supreme Court’s decision.
Today’s ruling determined that “the Constitution does not confer a right to an abortion… the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people.” The result is that this issue becomes one for states to decide.
It is important to understand that today’s decision does not immediately change Virginia law.
In 2023 the Virginia General Assembly will have an opportunity to decide the degree to which abortion should be regulated.
In the meantime, the Governor has tasked Senator Dunnavant, Senator Newman, Delegate Byron, and Delegate Ransone to lead the endeavor to find areas where we can agree and chart the most successful path forward. I look forward to supporting their efforts.
I believe everyone wants less abortions, not more, which is why we must also look at how best to improve our policies when it comes to supporting parents, providing workforce training and educational opportunities for young families, and strengthening our adoption and foster care system.Statement posted on Facebook by Del. Terry Austin on June 24, 2022
Del. Jason Ballard
Sup. Ct. decision on Dobbs v Jackson: Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision and held that the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion. In short, this ruling overturns Roe v Wade & Planned Parenthood v Casey, which had found a Constitutional right to an abortion. The takeaway is that this means the U.S. Constitution is silent on the issue of abortion, thus leaving the matter to the various state legislatures and their respective Constitutions to determine the issue. At present, the law in Virginia has not changed and this Dobbs decision has no immediate impact, but it does open the door for the General Assembly to enact safeguards/restrictions that have broad public support.Statement posted on Facebook by Del. Jason Ballard on June 24, 2022
Del. Kathy Byron
As a mother and a grandmother, I am overjoyed by today’s Supreme Court decision overruling Roe v. Wade. As a lawmaker who has fought throughout her career to protect innocent human life, this is the day I’ve been praying for.
Now, the hard work of crafting legislation that can be passed by the General Assembly begins. Just last year the Democrats refused to protect an infant born alive. As always, I will be on the front lines of that effort fighting to protect the unborn.Statement posted on Facebook by Del. Kathy Byron on June 24, 2022
Del. Sam Rasoul
Elections have consequences.
What is sad is that the integrity of the court has been fully compromised. Roe has offered consistent precedent in privacy cases for 50 years.
Women should not be second class citizens!Tweet posted by Del. Sam Rasoul on June 24, 2022
Del. Sam Rasoul is deeply troubled by the ruling handed down by the Supreme Court today. It is apparent that the Court is no longer an a-political branch of our government. The Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization ruling is blatantly political in overturning Roe v. Wade.
The impact of this ruling is going to be immense, likely overturning decades of precedents and causing harm to millions of Americans.
“Roe has offered consistent precedent in privacy cases for 50 years. The right to an abortion has been protected by the Court for five decades, entire generations have had access to safe abortions as a right and are now experiencing this right to privacy being ripped away from them.”Statement released by Del. Sam Rasoul’s office on June 24, 2022
Del. Wendell Walker
Today, the Supreme Court made the right decision. The majority of Americans agree that elected officials, not judges, should reflect the consensus of the people. By returning power to the states as it relates to abortion, an incredible responsibility has been placed on the General Assembly of Virginia.
When I first ran for office, I promised that I would fight to protect the unborn and be the voice for those that have no voice of their own. That commitment to the unborn will forever remain my top priority, and I will do everything I can to stand for pro-life values in the General Assembly.
The 2023 General Assembly Session is going to be a pivotal moment for the future of our Commonwealth. I am committed to working with my colleagues and Governor Youngkin to take the necessary steps to protects the sanctity of human life.
This is a win for life, and now more than ever, we need to pray for our nation. I ask that you keep our Supreme Court Justices, churches, and pregnancy centers in your prayers, as many have received threats and attempted acts of violence as a result of the draft leak and decision.Statement posted on Facebook by Del. Wendell Walker on June 24, 2022
Del. Wren Williams
“The iron curtain of death has crumbled. In America today, the people and their representatives now have the power to protect unborn children. This will go down as one of the greatest days in American history.”Caption posted with picture of full statement on Facebook by Del. Wren Williams on June 24, 2022
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney
The GOP led Supreme Court has failed us. They’ve decided states cannot regulate guns, but they can regulate reproductive rights – a DANGEROUS precedent for America. Striking down Roe is a direct attack on the working class. We must hold the reckless GOP accountable this November!Statement posted on Facebook by Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney on June 24, 2022
Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano
No matter what the law in Virginia says, I will not prosecute a woman for having an abortion, or for being suspected of inducing one.Statement posted with Facebook video by Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano on June 24, 2022
“Today, on behalf of Liberty University, I want to express our gratitude to Almighty God for the landmark decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization handed down by the Supreme Court of the United States. While this does not effectively end abortion in America, it is a monumental step in the direction of protecting life and placing that decision squarely in the hands of the American people.
For nearly 50 years, Liberty University students, faculty, and staff have prayed, volunteered, and advocated for the life of mothers and their unborn babies. The Liberty student body has led the way and marched year after year, prayed on the steps of the Supreme Court, and committed their lives to pro-life causes. As Liberty University president, I am proud that we are now officially training the first Post Roe-v-Wade generation of leaders who will be Champions for Christ to continue to advocate for the life of mothers and their unborn babies.”Statement released by Liberty University President Jerry Prevo on June 24, 2022
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