The following is a release from the Family Foundation:
"Nothing short of a miracle, earlier today, the General Assembly passed Governor Bob McDonnell’s pro-life amendment to HB1900. The amendment prohibits health insurance plans that are part of federal health insurance exchanges required by “ObamaCare” from covering abortion services except in cases of rape, incest and life of the mother. With the passage of this amendment, pro-life Virginians will no longer be required to violate their conscience and fund the unethical destruction of human life. To put it precisely, to quote a legislator who voted for the amendment, “I truly believe that this amendment will save more lives than perhaps anything we’ve ever done.”
Procedural moves unfamiliar to the common observer, mistakes turned to miracles, and dramatic back room conversations made up the story of tonight’s success. Suffice it to say, God was at work ... mightily. He alone deserves the credit for this success. Stay tuned to your email – we’ll tell the full-fledged, insider story tomorrow.
Regardless of how legislators may feel about the exchange itself, this vote was solely about the taxpayer funding of abortion. Many who voted for this amendment oppose the concept of exchanges overall. Please note when checking how your legislator voted, that a vote for this pro-life amendment cannot be considered a vote against health care freedom.
Many are to be thanked for tonight’s success, but The Family Foundation would like to specifically thank Governor McDonnell for introducing the amendment, Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling for ruling the amendment germane, the 20 senators and 55 delegates who voted for the amendment, national pro-life organizations for their assistance (Susan B. Anthony List), and local pro-life groups especially the Catholic Conference and the Virginia Assembly of Independent Baptists for joining us in our advocacy on the amendment at the Capitol today.
Conscience and life were protected today. Please thank God first, but secondly those above who deserve our gratitude for their principled stand for life."