Pro-life Democrats Urge Tomblin to Call Special Session

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For Immediate Release

April 4, 2014

Contact: Kristen Day: 202-220-3066



Washington, DC – Democrats For Life of America (DFLA) is calling on Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to call a special session to allow further action on HB 4588, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The legislation, which overwhelmingly passed both the House of Delegates and the Senate, was vetoed on the last day of the session.

 “Although the Governor cited Constitutional concerns, there is room for disagreement on the 40-year old law,” said Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats For Life of America.  “The issue of fetal viability has advanced tremendously since Roe v. Wade and, as a pro-life Democrat, Governor Tomblin should join us in pushing for greater protection for the unborn.”

Pro-life Democrats are also calling on more support for the women and families facing difficult decisions with their pregnancies including: ensuring that they are informed about and referred to perinatal-hospice, which provides a caring and supportive environment for both mother and child; providing accurate information regarding genetic testing; and providing adoption counseling and adoption referral information.

“Fetuses with abnormalities, which is sometimes the case with later term abortion, are still human persons and Democrats should value them fully,” said Day.  “We should recognize how difficult these situations are for the family; that is where the social supports are crucial. There are two lives in these situations and we should never put one over the other.”