- The Washington Times - Friday, February 1, 2019

Nine pro-life groups planned to rally Saturday outside a public town hall meeting hosted by Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran, the Democratic state legislator who has been a the center of controversy and press attention following her introduction of legislation which would relax restrictions on third-trimester abortions in the Commonwealth.

Plans have changed, however.

“Unfortunately, we are postponing our joint legislative town hall meeting scheduled for Saturday, February 2 due to security and safety concerns for our constituents who planned to attend,” Ms. Train said in an advisory late Friday.

Virginia state Democratic Sens. Scott Surovell and George Barker were also scheduled to appear at the town meeting.

The pro-life events will continue.

“We are disappointed Delegate Tran and her colleagues chose to call off their town hall rather than face pro-life constituents, who were looking forward to the opportunity to voice their alarm over Delegate Tran’s radical abortion bill in person. Tran has taken to social media attempting to defend her legislation that, by her own admission, would allow abortion on demand right up through the moment of birth. Now she needs to listen to the voters. Our peaceful demonstration will take place as scheduled,” advised the Susan B. Anthony List, a grass-roots nonprofit with 700,000 members nationwide, and the primary organizer for the rally.

Participating groups include Concerned Women for America, The Virginia Family Foundation, Virginia Society for Human Life, Students for Life, Live Action, Heritage Action for America, Divine Mercy Care and the Catholic Diocese of Arlington.

“We need as many pro-life Virginians as possible to show up for the pro-life press conference and rally before the town hall. We encourage concerned citizens to then stay for the town hall, and call upon Delegate Tran and her allies to abandon this extreme legislation,” the groups said in their initial public message for the event.

“Since the bill hearing I have heard from many women in this district and across Virginia who support my efforts to make sure that politicians don’t get between a woman and her health care decision,” Mrs. Tran said in a video statement released Friday.

• Jennifer Harper can be reached at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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