Today Virginia’s Governor Ralph Northam made headlines by describing in detail how a baby could be born, “kept comfortable” and the aborted (killed) after birth!
Many tried to give him the benefit of the doubt that he misspoke, but the description was very detailed and he hasn’t backed down.
Instead he’s insisted he’s done nothing wrong and “cares for children”.
He said very clearly today he doesn’t regret the comments:
Both sides dug in their heels Thursday as Virginia’s raging abortion controversy entered a third day, with Gov. Ralph Northam saying he doesn’t regret his recent comments on late-term abortions and Republicans doubling down on their claims Northam had endorsed infanticide.
In a tightly controlled 10-minute news conference, Northam said he made his abortion remarks as a child neurologist who’s used to having difficult conversations with parents when there’s no hope left for survival.
“I regret that those comments have been mischaracterized,” Northam said. “The personal insults toward me I really find disgusting.”
Though Northam stood by his remarks, Del. Kathy Tran, D-Fairfax, the sponsor of the failed abortion legislation that sparked the controversy, told The Washington Post she “misspoke” during a subcommittee hearing by saying her bill would allow third-trimester abortions for mental health reasons up to the moment of birth.
Currently in Virginia, third-trimester abortions are legal if there’s a severe risk to the mother’s life or health. Tran’s legislation would have loosened restrictions on third-trimester abortions.
During his monthly radio appearance Wednesday on WTOP, Northam was asked about Tran’s bill. If a non-viable or badly deformed infant survived birth, Northam said, a woman and her doctor could have a “discussion” about what to do next.
Northam’s office has said the governor was referring only to rare cases of “severe fatal abnormalities,” but Republicans in Virginia and around the country claimed the governor had voiced approval for allowing an infant to die after birth. Two Republican Party of Virginia staffers crashed Northam’s news conference Thursday afternoon, holding signs with photos of babies and text calling infants an “endangered species” and “Public Enemy Number 1” in Northam’s Virginia.
And from CNS News:
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia committed $3 million to help elect Democrat Governor Ralph Northam, who is currently embroiled in controversy for remarks on post-birth abortion, The Washington Post reported during the campaign.
In its August 2, 2017 article, “Va. arm of Planned Parenthood to spend $3 million backing Northam for governor,” The Washington Post reported:
“Planned Parenthood's Virginia affiliate plans to spend $3 million to help elect Democrat Ralph Northam as the state's next governor.
“The organization's Virginia political action committee, working with Northam, plans to deploy canvassers to knock on 300,000 doors, send mailers to 400,000 homes and run digital and radio ads.”
On October 13, 2017, Planned Parenthood Action Fund posted a blog titled “The 6 Things You Should Know About Ed Gillespie,” which warned that the Republican candidate wanted to defund Planned Parenthood:
- “He wants to ‘defund’ Planned Parenthood,”
- “He wants to overturn Roe v. Wade,”
- “He holds extreme views on birth control,”
- “He’s a TRAP [Targeted Restrictions on Abortions] champion,”
- “He’s against the ACA [Affordable Care Act/Obamacare]
- “He’s on ‘the Trump train”
Gov. Northam sparked public outrage this week for comments he made, which suggested post-birth abortions would be legal if his new abortion bill passed. On Wednesday, Gov. Northam said that, under a bill he supports, a baby born alive could be “kept comfortable” and then “resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired” – the implication being that the baby could be left to die if the family decided they did not want to keep their child.
The Hill actually placed the figure at $3 million:
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia on Thursday officially endorsed Democratic candidate Ralph Northam in the state’s highly contested gubernatorial race.
Planned Parenthood Virginia’s PAC also announced it would be spending $3 million on canvassing, online and mail efforts.
Abortion has proven to be a hot-button issue in the state, with a sitting Democratic governor and a Republican-controlled state legislature.
Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed a GOP-backed bill that would have prevented the state’s health department from offering grants to organizations that cover abortions, with the exception of hospitals.
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