SBA Statement on Virginia Legislative Races

For Immediate Release: November 8, 2023
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RICHMOND, Va. – SBA Pro-Life America released the following response on the outcome of the legislative races in Virginia.

“We are deeply disappointed by last night’s results, which serve as a warning sign for the GOP heading into 2024. Virginia Democrats outspent Republicans nine to one on abortion-focused TV ads that mischaracterized Republican candidates and distracted from Democrats’ extreme position of no-limits abortion on demand. These ads inaccurately labeled a 15-week protection for babies who can feel pain as a ‘complete ban with no exceptions,’” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of SBA Pro-Life America. “While GOP candidates rallied around protecting babies from painful late-term abortions beginning at 15 weeks, they allowed Democrats to dominate the abortion narrative on the airwaves and sow confusion with voters. Last night proved this is not a formula for success for the GOP.

“The true lesson from last night’s loss is that Democrats are going to make abortion front and center throughout 2024 campaigns. The GOP consultant class needs to wake up. Candidates must put money and messaging toward countering the Democrats’ attacks or they will lose every time.

“While it is disappointing that Virginia will not join the growing list of states who limit painful late-term abortions, we know human rights battles are not won overnight. Throughout history, great injustices have taken time and persistence to rectify. We have come so far as a nation in the past 16 months. The pro-life movement will never tire or relent in our efforts until babies and their mothers are protected from brutal abortions across our great nation.”

Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America is a network of more than one million pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders.


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