- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 10, 2001

Noble: The Virginia House and Senate, for passing similar, albeit slightly different, "informed consent" laws on abortion.

Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore has indicated that he will sign the bill, which will allow women considering an abortion to be given as much information as possible about the benefits and risks involved. The bill also mandates a 24-hour waiting period between the consultation and the procedure.

While the usual opponents scarcely waited a moment before screaming all too loudly, raising the bloody flag of abortion rights and "choice" on demand. However, those who attempt to limit (rather than eviscerate) abortion rights, are not attempting to detract from the fullness of life enshrined in the Constitution, but rather to promote the general welfare by limiting the number of tragedies.

It cannot be said too clearly: Every abortion is a human tragedy, encompassing the unborn child, the mother, the father, their families and friends, and leaving in its wash physical and emotional scars whose effects ripple through lifetimes.

The Virginia legislature has every right to be proud of its procedural progeny.

Knaves: The business groups attempting to pressure Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore into abandoning his promise to cut the car tax.

Despite heroic efforts to continue to push his abolition of the car tax through a worried legislature and recalcitrant liberal special interest groups, Mr. Gilmore had every right to expect support from pro-business groups, especially since they have been major beneficiaries of his pro-growth policies.

Yet before Mr. Gilmore could say "Et tu, Brute," both the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and The Virginia Roundtable stuck out their rhetorical swords to make slashing remarks against his proposal.

The Roundtable suggested that Mr. Gilmore "suspend relief on the 'car tax' at its current level," or else the government would lose its ability to "provide priority programs such as public safety, education, and transportation infrastructure." The Chamber of Commerce also suggested more money for education and transportation, lest "The Commonwealth's superior reputation for conservative fiscal management" be eroded.

Instead, Mr. Gilmore should offer to serve as a crosswalk instructor in a highway construction zone (where the work usually proceeds almost, but not quite as quickly, as the traffic) while the members of the Roundtable and the Chamber of Commerce pony up the rest of the car tax rebate.

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