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This site contains information about Delegate Roem’s legislative record while representing the 13th District in the Virginia House of Delegates. Each entry has been researched and linked to additional references for readers who want to learn more.

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The Record

Delegate Roem passed only 3 of her bills this year.

Danica A. Roem – 11 Things to Know

1. Attempting to Pass the ERA in Virginia

Three times since her election as a delegate, Delegate Roem has sponsored bills that would attempt to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the US Constitution and advocate the same position originally put forward in 1972. Ever since the 1970s when this amendment was first considered by the Congress, opponents have shown just how damaging it would be to women all over the country. It would remove special privileges granted to women as well as workplace protections and guarantees for alimony. Also, it would make all women subject to conscription and remove any distinctions in gender which have been crucial for the progress women have made in this country.

What Democrats like Delegate Roem won’t admit is that the ERA is actually a back-door to guaranteeing unrestricted abortion. A case filed in January 2019 in Pennsylvania illustrates how this applies:

“Abortion providers and advocates this week filed a lawsuit to overturn the law that bans Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program from paying for abortion.

They argue that, since Medicaid pays for comprehensive health care coverage for men, denying woman an aspect of medical care such as abortions violates the Equal Rights Amendment of the Pennsylvania Constitution.”

 Passing the ERA potentially side-steps any restrictions placed on performing abortions, including late term abortions and abortions during birth.

2. Making it Easier to Obtain Abortions

Delegate Roem is a sponsor of HB2392, which would remove the informed consent statute that requires a physician to obtain a pregnant woman’s informed written consent and perform a fetal ultrasound before performing an abortion. For many pro-abortion activists, removing this step is crucial for facilitating abortions. When a woman planning on having an abortion looks at the ultrasound of the baby she is bearing, she is confronted with the reality that there is a tiny person with hands, feet, and a face growing inside of her, and she often decides to not end the life of the child in her womb. Roem’s sponsorship of the bill is an attempt to conceal what abortion really is, which is the deliberate killing of an unborn child. It is an attempt to disguise and repress a fetus for what it is – the most innocent human being embodied with the unalienable right to life.

3. Deceptive on Minimum Wage

Delegate Roem sponsored bill HB1850, which would have mandated a minimum wage increase to $9.00 an hour. However, despite the title of the bill indicating a fixed wage, the contents of the bill itself deceptively indicate otherwise.

According to the bill, by 2020, it would mandate a $10 minimum; by 2021 it would mandate an $11 minimum wage; by 2022 a $13 minimum wage; and by 2023 a $15 minimum wage.

The real goal of this bill is to force a $15 minimum wage on all Virginia businesses within the next 4 years.

Increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour has long been heralded by economists and even the liberal leaning Brookings Institution as being bad for local businesses and growth, as well as disenfranchising the poorest members of a community the most. Those who do not have an abundance of opportunities to develop the work skills they need in order to succeed in the marketplace will be priced out by those who have the requisite skills.

Delegate Roem’s sponsorship of this bill is antithetical to all economic statistics and will greatly harm the economy of Virginia and our most vulnerable community members.

4. Opposing Tax Reductions for Hard-Working Virginians

In 2019, Delegate Roem voted against HB2529, which would have increased the standard deduction for Virginia residents from $4,500 to $9,000 for single individuals, and $3,000 to $6,000 for married couples filing jointly. Roem’s vote against this bill would have prevented individuals from being able to keep more of their own money to use as they see fit in their own communities. Thankfully, the bill was enacted into law despite Roem’s effort to defeat it.

5. Proposing that Taxpayers Pay for Unscientific Medical Procedures

Delegate Roem has sponsored bills HB1466 and HB1267, which would compel health insurance companies to provide full coverage for transgender related services and mandate that the state of Virginia cover all transgender services for state employees.

This is particularly noteworthy as the scientific basis for much of transgender related health care services remain obscure at best and highly misguided at worst. Moreover, passage of these bills could very well pave the way for cases of conscientious objections by health care providers and practitioners.

The scientific basis for much of these services remain ambiguous, and the implications of Roem’s bill HB1466 become more disconcerting as it pertains to coverage for children and the administration of life altering drugs and procedures. Much of the medical profession has been aggressively influenced by transgender activist organizations, and to such an extent that in 2016 the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines were authored by a “transgender activist with no medical training.” And according to a detailed report by The New Atlantis journal of technology and society, “there is little scientific evidence for the therapeutic value of interventions that delay puberty or modify the secondary sex characteristics of adolescents.” Moreover, they find that “there is no evidence that all children who express gender-atypical thoughts or behavior should be encouraged to become transgender.”

As it pertains to medical institutions, the feminist activist and lesbian scholar Sheila Jeffrey noted that “you need to look at who the funders are. And of course, it’s drug companies…Because the situation with children is that it’s very, very profitable for drug companies.” The sooner children begin using these drugs, the quicker their bodies become dependent on them, and the more profitable it comes for exploitative drug companies. And as one American Academy of Pediatrics member stated, “It’s hard not to think that we might be harming children…But if we say something publicly we could get in trouble.” The concerns raised by activists and insiders like these should bear more weight on any decision regarding transgender medical coverage than they are currently receiving.

Delegate Roem’s bills have less to do with the proper administration of medicine and more to do with an effort to make medical insurance providers submit to a political agenda.

6. Increasing Opportunities for Voter Fraud

Over the course of her career in office, Delegate Roem has consistently sponsored bills that would allow individuals to vote by mail for any reason and allow voters to not only register on election day, but to also be able to vote on the same day. According to a 2018 Pew Research Poll, almost 2/3 of all Americans disagree with the proposal to allow elections to take place by mail. Moreover, allowing same-day voter registration incentivizes fraud.

7. Supporting Sanctuary Cities in Virginia

Since her time in office, Delegate Roem has voted against bills that would prohibit the establishment of “Sanctuary Cities.” Moreover, she has voted against HB2270, which would have allowed localities to inform the federal government of any illegal immigrants held in custody in a local prison and being released back into civil society. Delegate Roem’s failure to oppose bills prohibiting sanctuary cities potentially leads to the situation in Montgomery County, MD. Just 2 months ago in Montgomery County County Executive Marc Elrich signed an executive order which effectively ended all local government cooperation with federal immigration agencies. Since then, their local police departments have arrested seven undocumented immigrants connected to sex crimes, one case involving an 11-year old girl. Delegate Roem has voted against bills which would prevent situations such as this from occurring in Prince William County. Ironically, harboring undocumented immigrants is victimizing the immigrant communities – the very communities the Democrats believe they are protecting with “sanctuary city” policies.

8. Anti-Second Amendment

Delegate Roem has been consistently against the gun rights of Virginians during her time in office. She has repeatedly voted against bills that would ensure the protection of this Constitutional right for all Virginians and the rights of individuals to regulate firearm activity on their own property. Moreover, Roem received a pro-gun score of 21% by the NRA in 2017, and in the last year has received a 0% pro-gun rating from the Virginia Citizens Defense League. Her support of far left gun control bills is contrary to the rights that the Virginia Constitution guarantees to all citizens.

9. Charging Taxpayers for Receiving Public Records

In a stunning move, Delegate Roem wrote and introduced bill HB1603, which would mandate that Virginia citizens pay a fee for receiving public documents from the state government after a certain period of time. It is most notable that this bill received no other sponsors in the House of Delegates, and for good reason. Virginians have a right to receive information about our government without an undue burdens or fees. The free conveyance of information is critical for a free and open democracy, restricting that ability hinders the transparency we have with our own government.

10.Reducing Educational Transparency

Delegate Roem voted against bill HB2570, which would have allowed greater transparency for parents and local communities regarding the Family Life education program at their local schools. It would also have given parents the right to decide if their child will participate in such a program and the ability to review the materials to be used in it. One must question politicians who vote in such a way as to deny individuals a right to educational transparency. Parents are entitled to review material and decide whether their children will receive explicit “family life” content in the classroom.

11. Easy on Crime – Wants to Raise the Minimum for Grand Larceny

Delegate Roem has sponsored HB1550, which would raise the threshold for committing grand larceny from $200 to $500. It would also increase the threshold for certain property crimes up to $500. Raising the threshold for grand larceny is not the act of a delegate who seeks to protect Virginians from criminal behavior. While laws like this may help keep people out of jail and keep their criminal record clean, laws that go easy on crime have unintended consequences – like allowing criminals with clean records to pass background checks to purchase a firearm.