What Does South Bend and Virginia Have in Common?

This weekend we were horrified to hear about the remains of over 2,000 aborted babies discovered at the Illinois home of abortionist Ulrich Klopfer who died earlier this month.  This gruesome discovery reminds us of the darkness that pervades this life-ending industry whose champions include people like Kermit Gosnell who operated a horrifying abortion facility and also collected aborted babies as trophies.

The Illinois and Indiana Attorneys General, as well as federal authorities, have launched what we hope will be a thorough investigation into the recent discovery of these remains, as well as Klopfer’s South Bend, Indiana abortion practice.

It’s the Gosnells and Klopfers of the world that Virginia pro-life legislators have specifically sought to prevent with necessary health and safety laws and regulations, which protect women who make this unfortunate decision and save some lives in the process.  It's why The Family Foundation vigorously defended important health and safety regulations in court against the Board of Health which sought to eliminate necessary requirements and oversite.  And it’s these very laws and regulations that Planned Parenthood and their cohorts are seeking to have overturned in Whole Women’s Health v. Oliver, in which a decision by Judge Hudson is expected to be handed down any day.

What’s interesting is that after Klopfer’s South Bend facility was shut down for violating health and safety regulations, abortion advocates blamed so-called “TRAP laws,” which they say impose overly burdensome standards, administrative requirements, and basic health codes, for the closing.  These are the same arguments that have been made in Whole Women’s Health v. Oliver.  Ironically, Whole Women’s Health recently opened an abortion center in South Bend – without having to comply with state licensing requirements due to a court injunction.

This news has national implications, but in a strange twist there is a unique connection to the Whole Women’s Health federal case and the upcoming Virginia elections this fall.

Democratic presidential hopeful and Mayor of South Bend, Pete Buttigieg, who recently stated that abortion is permissible until the baby breathes his or her first breathe, has been an ardent supporter of a Whole Women’s Health clinic that began operating in South Bend.  But not only is he an ardent supporter, he personally tried to ensure their monopoly on vulnerable women by vetoing a rezoning request to allow a pregnancy resource center to operate next door to the abortion center.  The pregnancy resource center eventually secured a properly zoned location directly across the street from the abortion center to offer support for women facing crisis pregnancies.

Now Buttigieg is being embraced by some pro-abortion legislators during campaign stops in Northern Virginia.

But it should be of no real surprise that pro-abortion Virginia legislators would embrace Buttigieg and his radical pro-abortion stance, since they perfectly align with the abortion-up-to-birth for any reason bill introduced this year by Delegate Kathy Tran (D-Fairfax) and Governor Northam’s comments defending infanticide.

Last week Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington) said that “the work of a lifetime is the work of two afternoons” if the majority changes hands in November.  Pro-abortion liberals are poised to usher in “Buttigieg-Tran-Northam” abortion values that will diminish the sanctity of life, threaten the lives of the women, and lead to another Gosnell or Klopfer if they gain control of the General Assembly this November 5th.

Please join us in doing whatever you can to make sure that doesn’t happen!