By Jon Dougherty, editor-in-chief
Days after Democrats in the state of New York passed, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed, legislation legalizing late-term abortion up to due dates under certain conditions, as well as, some say, the killing of babies outside the womb if they survive the abortion procedure, another Democratic governor is in hot water with some conservatives over comments he made regarding “infanticide.”
Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, in a Wednesday morning interview, could not definitely answer whether he supports abortion right up until birth, even suggesting that an infant could be born while the mother and her doctor then discuss what should happen next, which would include killing the newborn, The National Review reported.
“If a 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 desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother,” Northam said in a WTOP interview.
“This is morally repugnant,” Sasse said in a statement.
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“In just a few years pro-abortion zealots went from ‘safe, legal, and rare’ to ‘keep the newborns comfortable while the doctor debates infanticide,’” Sasse continued, The National Review noted.
“I don’t care what party you’re from — if you can’t say that it’s wrong to leave babies to die after birth, get the hell out of public office.”
According to federal statutes, ending a baby’s life after it is born is unlawful. In fact, former abortion provider Dr. Kermit Gosnell was sentenced to life in prison for killing babies either born or leaving them to die after they were born.
A recently-released film starring Dean Cain, famous for his role as “Superman,” about Gosnell’s practice and trial was largely ignored by the establishment media.
The Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 that overturned all state laws outlawing abortion allows women to have the procedure up to the point of fetal “viability,” a term which is now constantly under debate as neonatal care and technology dramatically improves chances for early birth survival.
Northam’s comments come on the heels of legislation introduced by Democratic Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran earlier this month. According to a description, HB 2491 would repeal the state’s current restrictions on late-term abortions.
For his part, Northam defended Tran’s bill.
“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 physician — 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.”
But, according to National Review, “Northam is either unaware of the specifics of the bill, or he’s lying about them.”
“Tran’s legislation explicitly removes the current requirement that three physicians agree that a woman is in need of a late-term abortion. The new bill would require only the consent of the mother and of the physician performing the abortion,” the magazine reported further.
Also, the measure would permit allow a doctor to perform an abortion up to when a woman is dilating, meaning right before she gives birth.
“Clearly, this kind of legislation is an attempt to create legal infanticide as viable babies are aborted to the cheers of abortion extremists,” Students for Life President Kristan Hawkins said in a statement, The Daily Caller reported.
Fully 75 percent of Americans support major abortion restrictions and say the procedure ought not be legal after a woman is three months pregnant, according to a Jan. 15 Marist poll.
In an update to its original story, National Review reported later that Sn. Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) called for the Senate to vote on Republican senator Lindsey Graham’s Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act — “which bans abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on scientific research suggesting that fetuses can begin to feel pain at that stage of development — in light of Northam’s comments in this morning’s interview.”
“He also noted that the Democratic primary candidates for president should be asked about their stance on extreme abortion bills such as those in Virginia and New York,” the magazine reported.
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