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UPDATED: Resolution commending pregnancy centers protested in the House and Senate

Anita Kumar

Legislators file hundreds of resolutions each year commending people, sports teams, marching bands, even Indian Tribes. Rarely are they controversial.

But this week, abortion rights group NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia is lobbying against HJ 435, which commends pregnancy centers across the state.

Earlier this year, NARAL released a yearlong report about 52 antiabortion pregnancy centers in Virginia, finding that 38 do not have medically trained or supervised personnel on staff, and that two-thirds of the centers provided "some degree of medically erroneous information."

Emily Polak, deputy director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, said the pregnancy centers shouldn't be honored in a resolution. "These centers are using deceptions and inaccurate information,'' she said.

At the time the investigation was released, antiabortion groups said NARAL's efforts were part of a political agenda meant to discredit church-affiliated pregnancy centers, which they say provide counseling and support services at no cost to the public and with little complaint from former clients.

NARAL has notified senators and delegates of the resolution in the hopes they can derail it. The resolution, which was introduced by Del. Chris Stolle (R-Virginia Beach) and Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester), may be considered as soon as today.

In the House, Del. David L. Englin (D-Alexandria) said he plans to ask that the resolution be voted on separately from the others, which is not usually done, giving delegates a chance to vote against it if they want. Englin said he plans to vote against it because he doesn't think the resolution language is accurate praising all centers.

Update: Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria) is actually the one that's going to ask that the resolution be voted on separately from the others.

By Anita Kumar  |  March 10, 2010; 10:39 AM ET
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The Virginia GOP ( Geriatric Obstructionist Party) now under McDonnell: welcome back to the 18th century.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 10, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

It would be great if those of us working to improve the lives of women and their families could spend more time on economics, education, health and safety. Instead we are being pushed by the right-to-life agenda to constantly defend our rights to keep all reproductive options available.

I believe the right-to-lifers are not really interested in women, life or the improvement of the conditions of children once they are born. They don't seem to give a fig about children who are hungry, or women who are struggling with poverty or poor health.

Shame on the legislators who cater to the whims of these liars.

Posted by: goodgovernment | March 10, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

It would be great if those of us working to improve the lives of women and their families could spend more time on economics, education, health and safety. Instead we are being pushed by the right-to-life agenda to constantly defend our rights to keep all reproductive options available.

I believe the right-to-lifers are not really interested in women, life or the improvement of the conditions of children once they are born. They don't seem to give a fig about children who are hungry, or women who are struggling with poverty or poor health.

Shame on the legislators who cater to the whims of these liars.

Posted by: goodgovernment | March 10, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

obviously, the pro-choice movement is really PRO-DEATH!!!!

Why would a "choice" movement have an issue with this???

HYPOCRITES

Posted by: jim000122 | March 10, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Jill Holtzman Vogel? No surprise there -- she's a rightwingnut loon. Oh, and she also finds the need to continually point out that she's not jewish despite her name.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | March 10, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Discover birth control, girls. Visit your pharmacy.

Also stop hanging around losers, thugs & players.

Posted by: uncivil | March 10, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.

Posted by: lartfromabove | March 10, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

These comments show how the abortionists and their sympathizers are not interested in helping women. Women do not want to kill their babies, they end their babies' lives only because they feel they have no other choice. Pregnancy centers provide the assistance they want and need.

Posted by: Yankeesfan1 | March 10, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

If pregnancy centers really did just offer support and encouragement to women to bring pregnancies to term, there would be no problem. But most of these centers use deceitful practices to ensnare vulnerable women, then lie to them about their pregnancy dates, frighten them with lies about their condition, and coerce them to surrender their children for adoption to Christian homes. There are some centers which really do try to help women see other options besides abortion, but these honest centers are the minority. The Virginia legislature should not be honoring anyone whose business is based on lies and coercion.

Posted by: levarfan | March 10, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Next week, the VA republicans will pass a resolution cheering the KKK for all the good they've done over the years.

Go republicans! Go as far away as possible, PLEASE.

Posted by: MAL9000 | March 10, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

How is commending a pregnancy resource center for offering pregnant women another CHOICE "establishing religion?"

How can the bigots of the KKK be even remotely analogous to the mostly volunteers @ a PRC?

Folks, what happened to civil discourse or assertions backed w/ substantiation?

Posted by: woodsiebaby | March 11, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

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