Yesterday, two major pieces of legislation passed the Virginia General Assembly in the veto session. The Governor’s amendments to the transportation bill HB 2313 passed with broad bipartisan support. The Governor’s amendment to HB 1900 to limit insurance coverage for abortion under the health care exchange to cases of rape, incest, and to save the life of the mother passed by one vote in the divided State Senate and passed by the skin of its teeth in a House of Delegates dominated by purportedly pro-life Republicans.
For the record, I support these amendments. I support new transportation funding revenues and I support the civil rights of the unborn. It is a great day for Virginia.
So after a significant day of accomplishment for our esteemed pro-life Governor, what does the conservative activist base say to that? Well, after the vote to pass transportation revenue increases and a significant vote to protect civil rights of the unborn, the conservative activists ignored the accomplishment on protecting civil rights for the unborn and single out the “transportation tax hike” to declare a “sad day for Virginia.”
After the conservative activist base overlooked the protection of civil rights for the unborn – that barely passed in a GOP dominated House that is purportedly pro-life – and focused all their energies on protesting the pro-life Governor Bob McDonnell’s “transportation tax hike,” do we need further proof that the virulently anti-tax GOP is fixing to discard their long held pro-life position after shoving it on the back burner in recent years?
I have been a Republican since the 1980s. If the Republican Party ever starts to support abortion rights, I quit.