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January 30, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – President Donald Trump lambasted Virginia Democrats for supporting abortion up until, during, and even after birth, calling Delegate Kathy Tran’s comments on her bill permitting abortion even as a woman goes into labor “terrible.”
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam suggested in comments this morning that Tran’s bill would also allow doctors to refuse to resuscitate an infant born alive after a failed abortion “if that’s what the mother and the family desire.”
Trump told the Daily Caller he hadn’t heard Northam’s comments, but had seen the now-viral video of Tran defending her bill allowing abortion through 40 weeks of pregnancy.
“I’m surprised that he did that, I’ve met him a number of times,” the president said of Northam defending infanticide.
Of Tran’s comments, Trump said, “I thought it was terrible. Do you remember when I said Hillary Clinton was willing to rip the baby out of the womb? That’s what it is, that’s what they’re doing, it’s terrible.”
Indeed, Trump’s famous comments, among the most accurate abortion explanations ever offered by a politician, describing late-term abortion during his third debate with Hillary Clinton have been proven to be exactly what Democrats are trying to enshrine in law as they fret Roe v. Wade may be overturned.
“If you go with what Hillary is saying, in the ninth month, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby,” Trump said on October 19, 2016. “Now, you can say that that’s okay, and Hillary can say that that’s okay, but it’s not okay with me because based on what she’s saying and based on where she's going and where she's been, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb in the ninth month on the final day, and that’s not acceptable.”
“How late in the third trimester could a physician perform an abortion?” Delegate Tran was asked during a subcommittee hearing.
She replied, “through the third trimester. The third trimester goes all the way up to forty weeks…I don't think we have a limit in the bill.”
“Where it’s obvious a woman is about to give birth?” asked the chairman of the subcommittee, Delegate Todd Gilbert.
Even when “she has physical signs that she is about to give birth?” asked Gilbert. “She’s dilating?”
“My bill would allow that, yes,” responded Tran.
“I certainly could’ve said a week from her due date and that would’ve been the same answer, correct?” asked Gilbert.
“That is allowed in the bill,” answered Tran.
Then, this morning, Gov. Northam – a pediatric neurologist – called controversy over Tran’s bill “overblown,” and offered the following explanation of what would happen in a situation of a woman wanting an abortion who was already in labor: “So in this particular example, if the mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen: 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 desire, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”
The Daily Caller also reported that of Tran’s and Northam’s comments, Trump said, “This is going to lift up the whole pro-life movement like maybe it’s never been lifted up before. The pro-life movement is very much a 50-50, it’s a very 50-50 issue, actually it’s gained a point or two over the years.”
“Trump seemed optimistic about the remarks, saying, ‘I think this will very much lift up the issue because people have never thought of it in those terms,’” the Daily Caller concluded.