From the Abigail Spanberger for VA07 reelection campaign:
Vega Endorses Constitutional Amendment to Ban Abortion Nationwide and Supports “Life at Conception Act”
NBC4 Washington: “Vega supports a ban that starts at conception with few exceptions”
FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The campaign of U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger today is responding to reporting from NBC4 Washington showing that Yesli Vega promised to back a constitutional amendment banning abortion and to support a bill that enacts a nationwide ban on abortion with no exceptions, if elected.
After earning the endorsement from the National Pro-Life Alliance earlier this year, Yesli Vega told her supporters in a fundraising email that she answered the survey “100% in support of life.”
(Screengrab from NBC4 Washington reporting, June 2022)
(Blank 2022 National Pro-Life Alliance Candidate Survey)
The National Pro-Life Alliance’s stated mission is to “stop all legalized abortion.” National Pro-Life Alliance President Martin Fox writes on the group’s website, “The only way to stop all legalized abortion in the United States is to pass a Federal Life at Conception Act like the one sponsored by Senator Rand Paul and Congressman Alex Mooney.”
Question 9 of the survey asks for support and cosponsorship of the Life at Conception Act – a bill introduced in May 2021 that would outlaw all abortions with no exceptions. Vega agrees to support a law that defines life at the moment of conception – thereby banning a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion even in cases where her life is threatened.
Question 10 of the survey asks for support of an amendment to the U.S. Constition to ban abortion. Vega agrees to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution banning abortions – meaning, Vega would support government-mandated pregnancies and a total nationwide ban on abortions.
“Ms. Vega’s support for outlawing abortion nationally with no exceptions is just another sign of how deeply out of touch she is with the majority of Virginians,” said Justin Chermol, Press Secretary, Abigail Spanberger for Congress. “The majority of Virginians believe a woman’s right to choose should be a decision between a woman and her doctor – not by politicians – and especially not by politicians like Ms. Vega who doubt that women who are raped can become pregnant. With just a week until early voting begins, Virginians know they can trust Abigail Spanberger to support a woman’s right to choose – and their fundamental right to privacy.”
Vega applauded the Supreme Court’s draft opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade as an “amazing victory,” doubted the likelihood that women who are raped can become pregnant, and made clear in endorsement questionnaires that she supports a nationwide ban on abortion – even in cases where the life of the mother is at risk.
Spanberger is the only pro-choice, pro-marriage equality, and pro-privacy candidate in the race for Virginia’s Seventh Congressional District.
Spanberger has been a vocal advocate for safeguarding the rights of all Virginians. Spanberger has voted with a majority in the U.S. House to protect the rights to contraception, same-sex marriage, interstate travel for reproductive care, and twice to codify Roe v. Wade.