CNA Staff, Apr 11, 2020 / 13:20 pm
Virginia's Catholic bishops lamented a decision by the state's governor to sign abortion legislation passed in the Virginia legislature earlier this year. The bishops said it is offensive to pro-life Christians that the governor chose Good Friday as the day to sign the legislation.
"Yesterday, Governor Northam announced that he had signed the so-called 'Reproductive Health Protection Act'(SB 733 & HB 980). We are deeply saddened and disappointed by his signature of this legislation. That he would take this action on Good Friday, one of the most solemn days for Christians, is a particular affront to all who profess the Gospel of life," Bishops Michael Burbidge and Barry Knestout said in an April 11 statement.
The Reproductive Health Protection Act first passed the state House, and then passed Virginia's state Senate Jan. 29, more than 11 weeks ago.
The bill, which is now law, repeals a Virginia law mandating that only doctors can perform abortions, allowing other medical professionals, such as physicians assistants and nurse practictioners, to perform them.