Virginia’s GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Would Not Sign Texas-Type Ban on Aborting Babies With Beating Hearts

By Terence P. Jeffrey | September 19, 2021 | 2:56pm EDT
(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - Glenn Youngkin, the Republican gubernatorial candidate in Virginia, said in a debate on Friday with Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe that he would not sign an abortion ban like the one enacted in Texas law.

That law bans abortion when a baby has a detectable heartbeat, which occurs at about six weeks.

Youngkin indicated that he would sign a bill that banned abortion when an unborn baby feels pain, which occurs at about 20 weeks.

Youngkin made these statements in response to questions posed by debate moderator Susan Page, the Washington Bureau Chief of USA Today.

“If the Virginia legislature passed a fetal heartbeat ban on abortion--one that included the exceptions you support for rape, incest and to preserve the life of the mother--would you sign it into law?” Page asked Youngkin.

“This is an incredibly sensitive and personal topic,” Youngkin responded. “And I do appreciate the fact that you would like to write legislation with me. I think the Texas bill is one that is the standard right now that we’re all looking at, and I would not sign the Texas bill today. As I’ve said through this entire campaign, I am pro-life. I believe in exceptions in the case of rape and incest and when the life of the mother is in jeopardy.”

When Page pushed Youngkin for a clearer answer, Page indicated that he would be willing to sign what he called a “pain-threshold bill” on abortion.”

“Mr. Youngkin, I just want to be clear, you said you would not sign a Texas law. But I’m not asking about the Texas law,” Page said to Youngkin. “I’m asking about a law that bans abortion when a fetal heartbeat can be detected and a law that includes the exceptions you support for rape, incest and to preserve the life of the mother. Would you sign that law?”

“Susan, we can sit down and write legislation together. But what I have said is that I do believe that a pain-threshold bill legislation would be appropriate,” said Youngkin. “But, again, I do hope that you will ask my opponent what objections he has to where abortion should be stopped. So that we call all understand his extreme views.”

Here is a transcript of the exchange between Page and Youngkin:

Moderator Susan Page: “Mr. Youngkin, in recent years eight states have enacted bans on abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected at about the sixth week of pregnancy. Most of them have been blocked by the courts. But this month a Texas ban did go into effect. The Texas law includes controversial enforcement provisions. I am not asking about those. Here is my question: If the Virginia legislature passed a fetal heartbeat ban on abortion, one that included the exceptions you support for rape, incest and to preserve the life of the mother. Would you sign it into law? You have 60 seconds.”

Glenn Youngkin: “Thank you, Susan. This is an incredibly sensitive and personal topic. And I do appreciate the fact that you would like to write legislation with me. I think the Texas bill is one that is the standard right now that we’re all looking at, and I would not sign the Texas bill today. As I’ve said through this entire campaign, I am pro-life. I believe in exceptions in the case of rape and incest and when the life of the mother is in jeopardy. But the Texas bill also, also is unworkable and confusing. What we are not doing this evening is talking to my opponent about his extreme views. See, my opponent does not want to talk about this topic tonight because he actually called legislation that would enable abortion, paid for with taxpayer money, all the way up through and including birth, where a child is kept comfortable, while a decision is made whether that child lives or dies. He called that legislation common sense legislation and said he would sign it. Friends, my opponent wants to be the abortion governor, and I want to be the jobs governor.”

Page: “Mr. Youngkin, your time is up. Mr. Youngkin, I just want to be clear, you said you would not sign a Texas law. But I’m not asking about the Texas law. I’m asking about a law that bans abortion when a fetal heartbeat can be detected and a law that includes the exceptions you support for rape, incest and to preserve the life of the mother. Would you sign that law?”     

Youngkin: “Susan, we can sit down and write legislation together. But what I have said is that I do believe that a pain-threshold bill legislation would be appropriate. But, again, I do hope that you will ask my opponent what objections he has to where abortion should be stopped. So that we call all understand his extreme views.”

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