When I was a young person, Good Friday was observed across our nation with solemnity and respect for Jesus, who hung on the cross during those three hours and then died…for us! Churches held Tre Ore services from noon to 3 PM and workers were even allowed to attend the services and then return to their jobs. They mourned Jesus’ death.
Good Friday, April 10, 2020 was NOT a good Friday and one of great sorrow. On that Friday Virginia governor Ralph Northam chose to sign into law HB 980 and SB 733 that absolutely removed all protections for unborn babies and their mothers considering abortion.
According to Victoria Cobb, president of The Family Foundation, in her April 14 newsletter (family firstname.lastname@example.org), it is now official:
- All safety and health regulations for abortion facilities are now eliminated. The rooms and equipment used for abortions may be filthy, but no one will know, because they won’t be inspected by Public Health anymore.
- Not just doctors will do abortions. Now nurse practitioners (NP) and nurse midwives will be allowed to perform abortions. What if they perforate the uterus? What if the mother bleeds heavily? Then what? Is there a doctor in the house?!
- Informed consent is a law for hospital surgical procedures. The patient must be told all about the procedure, its dangers, outcomes, other options. But not for abortions. The mother does not need to see the ultrasound—just the abortionist does to see the size and position of the baby (they call it a fetus). The mother will not know that it’s not just a blob of tissue inside her: she won’t see the baby move and possibly reconsider having the abortion. No one will give her both sides of the story; she will only be urged to abort her baby (fetus).
- Now there will not be a waiting period of 24 hours between the ultrasound and actual abortion procedure. No time for the mother to change her mind. She can’t reconsider her decision. Hurry and get it over with!
Governor Northam said in his press release that the bills he had just signed removed “medically-unnecessary restrictions on women’s healthcare.” Governor Northam is a pediatric neurologist, well-versed in good medical practice. The bills erase all good medical practice when it comes to abortions in the state of Virginia! How ironic!
And it happened on Good Friday! How sad.
— Posted by Tom Salmon for Doris, a fellow member of the Prince William and Manassas Family Alliance