Virginia gov. who defended infanticide: ‘I have devoted my life to caring for children’
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VIRGINIA, January 30, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, who this morning said a bill allowing abortion up until the moment of birth 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,” called it “shameful and disgusting” to say he hasn’t “devoted” his “life to caring for children.”
Northam, a Democrat and former pediatric neurologist, was interviewed about fellow Democrat Delegate Kathy Tran’s now-failed proposed abortion bill, which Tran admitted would allow abortions at 40 weeks of pregnancy and even as a mother is going into labor.
Commenting on what would happen under the bill if a woman in labor requested an abortion, Northam said: “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.”
“I have devoted my life to caring for children and any insinuation otherwise is shameful and disgusting,” Northam tweeted this evening, in an apparent response to the widespread criticism and backlash he has faced for his pro-infanticide comments.
Tonight, President Trump weighed in on Northam’s and Tran’s remarks.
“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.”
Trump was referencing his now completely vindicated statement during the third presidential debate, when he noted, “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.”
“Is there no limit to the depth of cruelty and depravity that some of our elected officials will sink to?” Olivia Gans Turner, President of the Virginia Society for Human Life, asked in an email to supporters Wednesday. “The new ethos of the pro-abortion lobby is go all in for every abortion, even at nine months of pregnancy and strip the states of any pro-life laws on the books.”
“Following on the heels of New York’s radical expansion of abortion on demand, Delegate Tran’s bill reveals with alarming clarity what the modern Democratic Party stands for and their agenda for our nation – abortion on demand, up until the moment of delivery and even beyond,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List. Her group announced today it’s launching a six-figure campaign to defeat abortion extremists in the upcoming Virginia elections this fall.
Tran’s bill, which failed only because a Republican-controlled subcommittee killed it, would repeal limits on third trimester abortions, allow abortionists to self-certify the necessity of late-term procedures, eliminate informed consent requirements, repeal health and safety standards for abortion facilities, permit late-term abortions to be performed in outpatient facilities, remove ultrasound requirements, and eliminate Virginia's 24-hour waiting period.
“The difference between the two sides of the House of Delegates is very clear,” Gans Turner concluded. “There are far too many pro-abortion Delegates ready and willing to do the bidding of the abortion industry at the expense of the women and unborn children of Virginia. We must not look away. Virginians must decide the direction we shall go, and it must not be in the wake of New York!”
As of 9:49 p.m. EST on January 30, Northam’s tweet had been retweeted a mere 321 times but garnered 6,000 responses.