Lohr drops GSA bill for abortion bill

Brent Finnegan -- January 5th, 2008

Last year, Delegate Matt Lohr’s “gay-straight alliance bill” (HB 1727) was shot down, because it couldn’t get through the Republican controlled Senate. In today’s DNR, Lohr said he’s dropping the GSA bill because, “It’s not worth going through and making that a central piece of legislation knowing it’s not going to get out of the Senate committee.”

Instead, he’s introducing an abortion clinic regulation bill. But “Lohr expects the proposal to run into even more difficulty this year because Democrats now control the Senate.”

In other words, he expects this one to do just as badly as (or worse than) the GSA bill?

26 Responses to “Lohr drops GSA bill for abortion bill”

  1. Frank J Witt says:

    Damn good thing he is not wasting any of the taxpayers money.

  2. Gxeremio says:

    I’m going to put on my prognosticating cap and take a stab at the wedge issue for the next House of Delegates election…I see an a…bor…shawn? shun?

    Fill in the blank:
    If Matt Lohr ever meets a gay immigrant who works at an abortion clinic, _______.

  3. Frank J Witt says:

    he will teach him how to fish?

  4. Mike says:

    …it will be like the Ghostbusters crossing their streams, and the world will implode?

  5. TM says:

    Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together – mass hysteria!

  6. Josh H. says:

    Can someone explain to me why politicians waste time and money with bills they know are not going anywhere? Is there really a point to the maddness??

  7. JGFitzgerald says:

    And after the bill requiring legal harassment of medical facilities fails for two years, he’ll probably introduce an anti-pornography bill. It’s almost laughable, except that he’s first targeted the young and marginalized and then the pregnant and possibly desperate. When somebody comes to ask what he’s done for the least among us, the next question will be how he deserves the name Matthew. Or is that too biblical?

  8. Lowell Fulk says:

    By not commenting, am I actually making a comment?….

  9. It is truly no wonder that the Republicans continue to lose ground at all levels of government.

    Funny that a bunch of males get so bent out of shape about a woman’s choice. Although, if we hadn’t been kill 1.5 million children a year here in the U.S., we’d have about 40 million more people contributing to the scan called Social Security.

    I would almost always hope a woman chooses to keep her child, and I have a problem with the father having absolutely no control over whether the woman can or cannot have that child, but absolutely no choice in paying 18 years (23 years in Massachusetts) for that child’s existence — even if he wanted the pregnancy terminated.

  10. samhottinger says:

    You can’t let your dog be apayed or neutered in a clinic that diesn’t meet certain criteria, but you can let your daughter have an abortion in a clinic that doesn’t hev to meet any normal surgical criteria. Was it last year that we were so pset that a local denist’s office wasn’t using the proper criteria for anesthesia but we dont’ care that a doctor can provide surgery for an abortion with b=no oversight by any agency. Let’s ignore the fact that we are pro life or pro choice and look at the health issues involves. I am not sure if it was last year or the year before, that a young lady bled to death in a clinic in VA after an abortion because the doctor wen home and left her unattended, but this should not be allowed. Any surgery should have to follow certain guidelines. We tend to look at an abrtion as ust a simple in and out procedure, but it can cost both the life of the mother as well as the fetus. We wouldn’t let a dentist remove wisdom teeth without oversight, so why should we allow a doctor to remove a fetus without the same oversight.

  11. JGFitzgerald says:


    A lot of us think government should address problems based on information and not emotion. Widespread, documented deaths in clinics would require general action. One case only requires specific attention to that single facility, and to the doctor if he went home before his work was done. Yes, there was concern about a local dentist’s practice. But the answer was to address the issue under existing law, not to write a new one.

    Proponents of Lohr’s harassment bill should be required to prove there is enough of a problem to justify a new law, and that the problem isn’t addressed by existing laws. Perhaps, assuming opposition to abortion is a primary concern, they could settle for the more simple harassment of adding a $2 tax on every abortion and using the money to fund an ag-tourism director.

  12. Lowell Fulk says:

    I wonder…
    What issue would the participants here at hburgnews.com blog like to see addressed in the 2008 Virginia General Assembly session?

    What legislation would you like to see introduced?

  13. JGFitzgerald says:


    Local ability to control growth.

    Stable funding — 5- and 10-year plans — for Medicaid and education.

    Removal of extraneous legislation, instead of adding new.

    No new revenue sources, or removal of old ones, without a constitutional amendment. (Is that clear, or do I hear the blog-hounds panting?)

  14. I didn’t know where else to post this. Sorry. Mark Warner is hosting a breakfast at Traditions this Friday at 8:00 a.m. Anyone is welcome from what I understand and it’s not a fundraiser. He just wants to talk to people. My Democrat/lawyer brother-in-law called us last night to encourage us to attend.(sorry, I just HAD to throw that in) I believe Bill Helsley, another attorney in Harrisonburg, is kind of hosting it. Even though we are Republicans, we may attend. Besides Lowell Fulk, he may be the only other Democrat that I would ever vote for.

  15. Bluerager says:

    Hey Lowell,

    First shoot high. Let’s go for some good Progressive “Valley Values.”

    How about a way to fund public education that’s not dependent on the Lottery. The old saw about using immorality to fund morality comes to mind. Lottery support of education is hypocritical and government support of gambling is an embarrassment.

    Then let’s repeal the death penalty.

    Let’s figure out a way to solve the transportation impasse.

    It’s time to work for better government instead of calling government the enemy and working against it. I’d like to vote for some local folks that are GOOD at government!

  16. Bubby says:

    The idea of funding transportation with Civil Remedial Fees (Abuser Fees) is so lame and diseased it astounds me that anyone (including the Governor and Del. Lohr) would think it improved by applying it to out-of-state drivers. Show some respect for the citizenry – tell us what the transportation budget is, and provide a stable revenue source. Quit telling Virginians that someone else will pay for transportation.

    With a crowded, freight-overloaded interstate cutting right through the center of his district, I would think that Del. Lohr could muster some interest to support the Rail Solution process begun by HB1581 (I-81 Freight Rail Study) and the goal to remove 60% of the truck traffic on I-81.

  17. kestrel9000 says:

    One of these days, Matt Lohr is actually going to put forth some RELEVANT, non-wedge-issue-nonsense legislation, and I swear I’m going to drop dead of a heart attack.
    This guy is a waste of oxygen in the House of Delegates.
    Then, there’s Obenshain…….
    Run, Myron, run! :) lolz

  18. Frank J Witt says:

    So, Matt Lohr just received the job of Finance Head…great work guys. Matt, please don’t waste anymore money tonight, I have a big delivery tomorrow and may need to borrow some.

  19. finnegan says:

    This bill passed House committee yesterday. It may pass the House vote, but I’ll be very surprised if Senate votes for it.

  20. JGFitzgerald says:

    Wonder how many facilities this affects in Matthew’s district.

  21. finnegan says:

    A reader pointed out the headline in today’s DNR.

    Massacred? Really? Was there blood all over the Senate floor?

    Editorialize much?

    How about “Abortion Bills Slaughtered in Obscene Bloodbath.”

  22. JGFitzgerald says:

    Abortion bills stillborn in Senate?

    Senate aborts Lohr measures?

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