Wednesday morning on a local radio station, Virginia’s Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam defended an extreme abortion bill introduced by state Democrats last month that would legalize late-term abortions up to the point of birth. And then, unprompted, he may have suggested it should be legal to kill a live baby after birth.
Northam was asked about the controversy surrounding an exchange in the Virginia House of Delegates in which Del. Kathy Tran, a Democrat from northern Virginia, was asked by a Republican lawmaker if her bill legalized abortions up to the point at which a mother is about to give birth. Tran admitted her bill would legalize abortions through 40 weeks, even up to the point of birth. Northam tried to downplay the significance of that fact.
“This is why decisions such as this should be made by providers, physicians, and the mothers and fathers that are involved,” Northam said. “When we talk about third-trimester abortions, these are done with the consent of obviously the mother, with the consent of the physicians — more than one physician, by the way — and it’s done in cases where there may be severe deformities. There may be a fetus that’s non-viable.”
Northam gets Tran’s proposed bill wrong. The legislation would repeal several state abortion restrictions, including the requirement that two other physicians certify that a third-trimester abortion is necessary to prevent the mother’s death or a serious health impairment.
But Northam went even farther than that into madness. He explained that if a baby was delivered, a “discussion” would follow between the physicians and the mother about what to do next.
“If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen,” he said. “The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”
What do the physician and the mother possibly have to discuss after the baby has been born? If he’s suggesting she and the physician can decide to abort after birth, we call that infanticide. Murder.
Every Democratic presidential candidate needs to be asked about these evil late-term abortion bills. If this is where the Left is, that babies should be killed even when they are viable outside the womb, the American people deserve to know exactly who and what they’re voting for.
Editor’s note: This article has been updated to add the sentence beginning “And then, unprompted” to the first paragraph for clarity.
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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