If no conservative Justice on the Supreme Court caves to the left’s pressure to not overturn Roe, what will happen in Virginia?
First, we know Governor Youngkin is pro-life and will not sign a bill to codify the “right” to an abortion in the commonwealth.
Currently, Republicans control the House of Delegates and the Democrats control the state Senate. That could all change next year when every member of the General Assembly is up for re-election. The left will turn out to vote in high numbers because their leaders and the MSM will scare them right into the voting booth this year and next. Already the left is saying absurd things, including after Roe is overturned they will lose rights like gay marriage, even interracial marriage, and interstate commerce! It will get much worse as the year progresses. Overturning Roe will be a gift to Democrats running for office.
Virginia has three Democrat Congressional Representatives who are women, Elaine Luria in the 2nd district, Abigail Spanberger in the 7th and Jennifer Wexton in the 10th. All three voted last year to codify abortion into federal law. Republicans were poised to pick up all three of those districts because of voters’ strong disapproval of Biden among the voters. With the striking down of Roe, the Democrat base in Virginia will be energized to turn out and vote to support these three women.
Rep. Spanberger responded to the SCOTUS news:
“I was born into a world where women were no longer dying from back-alley abortions. As were my three daughters. This leaked draft opinion indicates that after decades, that may all soon change.
“We voted to codify Roe in the House, and the Senate needs to take it up for a vote.”
In the redrawn 10th district Rep. Jennifer Wexton lost a large part of her Fairfax voters and gained two red counties, Rappahannock and Fauquier. Republicans in the 10th district vote in a party canvass on May 21. There are so many good Republican candidates in the 10th vying to run against Wexton. We had a very good chance of beating her. Now, it’s much less likely Republicans will prevail as the Democrats scare their voters into the voting booth.
Rep. Wexton tweeted,
“We must protect women, we must fight back against attempts to control a woman’s ability to make decisions about her own body”.
Governor Glenn Youngkin’s response to the leak:
“I am in utter disbelief that the sacred confidentiality of the Supreme Court would be violated in this manner. Sadly, this leak was done in order to cause chaos and to put pressure on justices and elected officials. It’s premature to speculate on what the Supreme Court’s decision will be; however, we learned from listening to Virginians over the last year that we have much common ground on this issue. I am pro-life, and I have been very clear about that since the day I launched my campaign. While we wait for the final June decision, we will be focused on lowering taxes for Virginians, funding education and law enforcement because we need to get a budget passed.”
Former Democrat Speaker of the House of Delegates tweeted:
“Virginia is only 1 state Senate seat away from becoming the next state to ban abortion. We must take back our House majority and expand our majority in the Senate to protect the rights of women across the Commonwealth.”
November’s election was to be a referendum on the terrible job Joe Biden is doing as President. Now it appears it will be all about abortion because it is the left’s biggest issue, always. They will die on that sword.