There is little doubt that millions of Americans mourn abortion.  Polling shows that the public is split on the issue, so it's not a stretch to conclude that a large percentage of us are in the very least troubled by and often times repulsed by the idea of taking the life of an unborn child. 

This year, Delegate Ben Cline (R-24, Amherst), at the request of a Virginia non-profit, has introduced a House Resolution that would simply encourage Virginians to fly their flags at half-staff on January 22, the anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision that forced abortion on our country, calling it the “Day of Tears”:

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, That January 22 hereby be recognized as the Day of Tears in Virginia and that the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia be encouraged to lower their flags to half-staff to mourn the innocents who have lost their lives to abortion.

Simple, yet profound.  No requirement, just a statement of encouragement.

Not surprisingly, the “progressive” secular left is appalled at the thought that Virginians might be appalled at the killing of unborn children.  Testifying against the resolution in committee today, the representative from something called “ProgressVirginia” worried that such a resolution might “shame” those who have had abortions.  

Now, never mind that it’s highly doubtful many people outside of those pro-lifers who choose to do this will know what it’s about.  Perhaps it will encourage some conversations when someone asks their neighbor why their flag is at half-staff, leading to some hearts and minds being changed.  Hopefully, as more people become aware of this campaign, pro-life Virginians will see that there are many others who share their belief that abortion should not be celebrated but mourned.  Certainly, there’s no intent to shame anyone.

What is troubling, however, about the opposition’s argument against the resolution is that it is not far from saying that any speech that condemns abortion could cause someone to feel bad and is, therefore, suspect and should be prohibited.  We’ve seen this in Europe already, and there’s little doubt that the progressive left in this nation would like nothing more than to silent its opposition, particularly those who believe the science that shows life begins at conception.  This is not just a threat to the profit of the $1 billion abortion industry, but a threat to one of the pillars of the secular left’s entire worldview – that life has no value outside of what the majority assigns it. 

Republicans on the committee quickly advanced the resolution, which should be voted on by the full House of Delegates in the next day or two.  Sadly, while we expect the resolution to pass the House, it’s likely to end up being a party line vote.  Long gone are the days where Democrats were allowed to vote their conscience on such an issue.

Regardless, we at The Family Foundation hope that you will join others this Sunday by lowering your flag to half-staff.   It’s an opportunity to express your mourning for the loss of nearly 60 million children and to elicit conversation about the humanity of unborn life, something the progressive left fears maybe most of all.