Virginia Governor Tops NY, Backs Outright Infanticide
Virginia’s governor has come out in favor of allowing newborn babies to die if the mother and doctors want it that way.
Ralph Northam, who himself is a pediatric neurologist, shocked many on Wednesday morning (Jan. 30) when he endorsed infanticide during a radio interview on a Washington-area station.
He made the comments in reference to a late-term abortion bill filed in Virginia that would go even further than the New York State law signed on Jan. 22 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that legalizes abortion right up to the baby’s due date. On Tuesday, Republicans killed the bill in committee (see below).
Northam, a Democrat elected in 2017, said a baby born with health complications could live or die based on what the mother and doctors decided.
“If a mother is in labor…the infant would be delivered,” Northam explained. “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 mother.”
Northam made the remarks on WTOP radio’s “Ask The Governor” segment.
This smacks of the same callous disregard for human life exhibited by legislators who have opposed Born Alive Infant Protection Act laws that would require doctors to care for babies born after botched abortions.
During his time as a committee chairman in the Illinois Senate, Barack Obama killed one such bill even after testimony that some babies were wheeled away and left by hospital staff to die. What New York State enacted and what Virginia’s governor and Democrat legislators have proposed is nothing less than barbaric.
The Repeal Act (HR 2491) sponsored by Delegate Kathy Tran, a Northern Virginia Democrat, would do away with nearly all of the state’s abortion restrictions. Women going into labor at 40 weeks would still be eligible for abortions.
Among other things, the bill would reduce the number of doctors required to certify late-term abortions in Virginia from three to just one. Gov. Northam said he actually opposes that change. The words “substantially and irremediably” would be deleted when referring to the alleged health threat to the woman posed by continuing a pregnancy. That means any health reason whatever, including the woman’s emotional state, could be used to justify the abortion.
On Tuesday, a House subcommittee voted 5-3 to table the Repeal Act, with all Republicans voting to table it and all Democrats voting against tabling it.
A tweet on January 23 from Omar L. Hamada, MD following New York State’s legalization of abortion up to the baby’s due date said:
I want to clear something up so that there is absolutely no doubt.
I’m a Board Certified OB/GYN who has delivered over 2,500 babies.
There’s not a single fetal or maternal condition that requires third trimester abortion. Not one. Delivery, yes. Abortion, no.
— Omar L. Hamada, MD, MBA (@OmarHamada) January 23, 2019
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