I have been informed by Delegate Dave Albo, Chairman of the House Courts of Justice Committee, that HB1440--our bill--will likely be heard by the full Committee this coming Friday. This is good news, because it means that the bill will not have to survive a subcommittee hearing before being voted on by the full committee.
That said, there are 22 members of this Committee, and we need to be sure that we will have the votes to get the bill through to the floor of the House. If this happens, it will mean a MAJOR victory for the pro-life cause in Virginia.
Would you please take 5-10 minutes of your time to contact the committee members whose votes on this are uncertain? Of course, it's most helpful to contact your own representative, so if you only have a moment to spare, please do that. But I believe that even if you don't live in a legislator's district, it is helpful for you to contact him or her.
Please DO NOT make the mistake of believing that everyone on this list who has labeled himself "pro-life" and/or is a Republican will vote for the bill. As I learned the hard way last year, THIS IS NOT THE WAY IT WORKS! If we want the vote, they must know that people care about the bill and that people are watching to hold them accountable.
Here is the list of committee members who need to be contacted, a description of their districts and their contact info. Below the list is a sample message you could send. It's best to use your own words, but if your time is limited, please feel free to use the sample. Thank you in advance for your commitment to this cause. We must not grow weary in doing good.
Delegate Dave Albo (R) - Part of Fairfax County - DelDAlbo@house.virginia.gov - 804-698-1042
Delegate Terry Kilgore (R) - Lee and Scott, Part of Washington and Wise - DelTKilgore@house.virginia.gov - 804 - 698-1001
Delegate Bill Janis (R) - Goochland and Louisa, Part of Henrico - DelBJanis@house.virginia.gov - 804 - 698 - 1056
Delegate Rob Bell (R) - Greene, Part of Albemarle, Fluvanna and Orange - DelRBell@house.virginia.gov - 804 - 698-1058
Delegate Sal Iaquinto (R) - Part of Virginia Beach - DelSIaquinto@house.virginia.gov - 804-698-1084
Delegate Chris Peace (R) - New Kent, Part of Caroline, Hanover, Henrico, King and Queen, King William and Spotsylvania - DelCPeace@house.virginia.gov - 804-698-1097
Delegate G. M. Loupassi (R) - Part of Chesterfield and Richmond City - DelMLoupassi@house.virginia.gov - 804-698-1068
Delegate Ron Villanueva (R) - Part of Virginia Beach - DelRVillanueva@house.virginia.gov - 804-698-1021
Delegate Bill Cleaveland (R) - Part of Botetourt, Roanoke County and Roanoke City - DelWCleaveland@house.virginia.gov - 804-698-1017
Delegate Gregory Habeeb (R) - DelGHabeeb@house.virginia.gov - 804-698-1008
Delegate Joe Johnson (D) - Bristol City, Part of Smyth and Washington - DelJJohnson@house.virginia.gov - 804-698-1004
Delegate Ward Armstrong (D) - Patrick, Part of Carroll, Henry and Martinsville - DelWArmstrong@house.virginia.gov - 804-698-1010
Delegate William Barlow (D) - Surry and Williamsburg, Part of Isle of Wight, James City, Southampton, and Franklin City - DelWBarlow@house.virginia.gov - 804-698 - 1064
Here's what you might say: "I understand that House Bill 1440 is coming before the Courts of Justice Committee later this week. Please vote for this bill. It creates a cause of action for the wrongful death of an unborn child and expresses the important principle that human life begins at conception."
Thank you, friends. YOUR voice can make all the difference.