The Virginia House of Delegates passed a symbolic resolution in a 57-36 vote on Wednesday, recognizing an annual “Day of Tears” encouraging Virginians to mourn abortion, The News & Advance reports.
The resolution was sponsored by Del. Benjamin L. Cline, R-Rockbridge, and calls for the lowering of flags to half-staff on Jan. 22, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that affirmed abortion as a “constitutional right.” The resolution aims to “mourn the innocents who have lost their lives to abortion.”
Cline said that the bill “encourages individuals to express their support for life.”
Five Republicans voted against the resolution: Dels. L. Mark Dudenhefer, R-Stafford, James M. LeMunyon, R-Fairfax, Roxann L. Robinson, R-Chesterfield, Christopher P. Stolle, R-Virginia Beach, and Del. Joseph R. Yost, R-Giles. Four Republicans and two Democrats abstained from voting.
The resolution will recognize the work of the nonprofit Day of Tears, which encourages the private lowering of flags in a display respecting the lives of the unborn.
The bill will not affect flags flown at government buildings.