FAR-LEFT VIRGINIA DEMOCRATS CONTINUE TO SHAMELESSLY LIE TO DISTRACT FROM THEIR EXTREME POSITION ON ABORTION
With no vision to offer the Commonwealth in this election and nothing to inspire Virginians to vote for their extreme candidates, Virginia Democrats are reverting to their tired tactics of overt falsehoods and flagrant fearmongering.
"Far-left Virginia Democrats continue to push shameless, demonstrably false lies to distract from their extreme position that elective abortions should be allowed in Virginia up until the moment of birth and that if a baby survives an abortion, they should not receive medical care. Joel Griffin's ad is just the latest desperate and despicable attempt to mislead voters. It will not work.
"Virginians know that Republicans are uniting behind Governor Youngkin's commonsense position that we should protect life at 15 weeks when a baby can feel pain, with exceptions for rape, incest, and when the mother's life is at risk. Democrats are offering no plan for Virginia's future, just an extreme agenda that is far, far out of touch with where voters really are. It's time they stop the desperate lies." said Spirit of Virginia Chairman Dave Rexrode.
Let's debunk every false claim in this ad using the same citations Joel Griffin does.
:07 (Citation - Tara Durant Facebook post, 6/24/2022)
LIE: "Tara Durant supports letting Virginia ban abortion with no exceptions."
TRUTH: Here is the exact post from Tara Durant on June 24, 2022 - "Today is a great day for life. While this decision does not change the law in Virginia, we know the majority of Virginians are united on the most basic principles regarding abortion: all of us want fewer abortions. As a mother of three beautiful children, I look forward to working with Governor Youngkin and fellow members of the General Assembly to affirm protections for the unborn and supporting and caring for mothers in the Commonwealth. Please pray for peace and the safety of our justices and our nation."
:12 (Citation - HB 1795 Passage Vote, 2/7/2023)
LIE: "Durant says doctors who disagree with her laws should be in jail."
TRUTH: Here is the exact summary of the bill cited in the ad, meant to protect infants who are born alive after an attempted abortion - "Abortion; born alive infant; treatment and care; penalty. Requires every health care provider licensed by the Board of Medicine who attempts to terminate a pregnancy to (i) exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of a human infant who has been born alive following such attempt as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health care practitioner would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age and (ii) take all reasonable steps to ensure the immediate transfer of the infant who has been born alive to a hospital for further medical care. A healthcare provider who fails to comply with the requirements of the bill is guilty of a Class 4 felony and may be subject to disciplinary action by the Board of Medicine. The bill also requires every hospital licensed by the Department of Health to establish a protocol for the treatment and care of a human infant who has been born alive following an attempt to terminate a pregnancy and for the immediate reporting to law enforcement of any failure to provide such required treatment and care."
:17 (Citation - Tara Durant Facebook post, 6/24/2022)
LIE: "She supports letting Virginia force a 10-year-old rape victim to carry to term."
TRUTH: Again, here is the exact post from Tara Durant that they are citing in the ad: "Today is a great day for life. While this decision does not change the law in Virginia, we know the majority of Virginians are united on the most basic principles regarding abortion: all of us want fewer abortions. As a mother of three beautiful children, I look forward to working with Governor Youngkin and fellow members of the General Assembly to affirm protections for the unborn, and supporting and caring for mothers in the Commonwealth. Please pray for peace and the safety of our justices and our nation."
The citations used in this ad in no way support the ridiculous claims being made about Tara Durant's position. Joel Griffin is not the only Virginia Democrat engaging in provable lies.
Take this ad from Virginia House Democrats in August.
The ad fearmongers about a "total abortion ban," even though the Fox 5 DC story Democrats cite in their ad, disproves the entire premise of their message. They lazily cite a chyron instead of the actual substance of the news report.
Here's Youngkin's quote from that same story: "We've put forth a 15-week bill that protects life when a child can feel pain. I think this is a moment for us to come together and not be divided, and I'm hopeful that there will be a constructive discussion here."
How late in the third trimester could a physician perform an abortion?
Kathy Tran: "Through the third trimester. The third trimester goes all the way up to 40 weeks."
But to the end of the third trimester?
Kathy Tran: "Yep. I don't think we have a limit in the bill."
So, where it's obvious that a woman is about to give birth, she has physical signs that she is about to give birth, and she's dilating, would that still be a point at which she could request an abortion?
Kathy Tran: "My bill would allow that. Yes."
And just this year, 21 Virginia Democrats voted to pass an amendment in the Virginia Senate that would enshrine abortion without limits in Virginia's constitution.
Far-left Virginia Democrats are lying about the Republican position on abortion because Republicans are uniting behind Governor Youngkin's commonsense position, which he has stated repeatedly and without equivocation:
Governor Youngkin: "I think where common sense brings us together is around a 15-week bill that protects life when a child can feel pain... I believe in exceptions in the case of rape, incest, and when the mother's life is at risk."
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