Republican Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin attended the state’s March for Life on Wednesday. Although other governors have attended the annual national March for Life in Washington, Youngkin became the first to attend an official state-level march.
The Virginia March for Life included several pro-life elected officials and political leaders. Around 500 people in total took part in the event. Speakers included Republican Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears and Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sears gave a speech that shared scripture declaring human life begins at conception and pointing out that each generation should be convinced of its ongoing responsibility to protect human life. She said the “other side is not cowardly” and so the pro-life advocates cannot afford to be cowardly, especially since “we know we have right on our side.”
State delegate Nick Freitas spoke to the crowd about the Born Alive Act he sponsored in the state legislature. The bill is designed to ensure infants who survive abortion receive basic life saving medical care. He noted how he had a survivor of a saline abortion appear to testify on behalf of the legislation, only to have a representative from Planned Parenthood then tell the state Senate the bill was “a solution in search of a problem.”
Alveda King pointed out in her speech that American “faith, freedom, families, finances, and health” hang in the balance during upcoming elections. She said that pro-life advocates are now “in occupation and we’re moving ahead.”
Governor Youngkin is a strong pro-life advocate and has promoted several bills protecting the unborn in this year’s first legislative session. So far, most have been voted down or stalled in the Democrat-majority state Senate.
Even as his administration battles a legislature that is not open to protecting life, Youngkin is setting an example for other states as the nation awaits a decision this year from the Supreme Court that could empower every state to once again have full control over regulating abortion inside its own borders.
The potentially pivotal case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, has placed demands before the court for the outright reversal of Roe v. Wade.