Tuesday was the pro-life rally at the Legislature in Charleston, sponsored by West Virginians for Life. There were the usual displays, speakers from state and national headquarters, teen essays, music, prayers, meetings with county representatives, and ending with a prayer walk of crosses throughout the Capitol representing the 3,228 unborn babies who die daily in America, totaling over 56 million since Roe v. Wade.
But this year was different! We were asked upstairs to House chambers where Minority Leader Tim Armstead asked for a discharge motion to take up the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act that had lingered in committee for three years and never brought to the floor for a vote. Medical science has proven that unborn children are capable of experiencing pain by 20 weeks after fertilization and this bill has been passed in 10 states. The vote was 48 to 48 with four absent. Wood County Delegates Anderson, Azinger, Border and Ellem all voted to bring it to the floor.
West Virginia claims to be a pro-life state and our votes in the last four presidential elections would seem to bear that out. But our state leaders don't really believe we care about pro-life issues as they seldom hear from a majority of us. Meanwhile our opponents have spoken up loudly and clearly.
It is pitiful that we claim to be pro-life yet, West Virginia is one of only nine states that allow abortions all nine months of pregnancy up to birth; there is no oversight of the state's two abortion clinics in Charleston; in West Virginia, you do not even need to be a licensed physician to perform an abortion, and no parental consent is needed for West Virginia children under 18 to obtain an abortion.
You have an opportunity to really make a difference. Call, write, and email your legislators telling them to pass SB496 to opt out of abortion coverage in Obamacare - killing babies is not health care; and SB 388, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act protecting babies from being aborted after 20 weeks. Tuesday we almost brought a bill to protect the unborn to the floor for a vote in Charleston, but as my father, a World War II vet, told me when I was a little girl growing up in Calhoun County, "almost" only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.
"Anyone, then who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins." - James 4:17 NIV.