Trump on Proposed Virginia Abortion Law: 'I Think it's Terrible'
Video of Virginia Democratic Delegate Kathy Tran on proposal causes outrage
President Donald has slammed the proposed Virginia abortion law endorsed by Democratic Governor Ralph Northam, that would allow women to terminate a pregnancy up to the moment before birth.
Trump called the proposal "terrible" before promising it will "lift up the whole pro-life movement like maybe it’s never been lifted up before."
Following the video release of Virginia Democratic Delegate Kathy Tran responding to questions regarding the bill during a committee hearing, many conservatives became outraged.
Tran was asked if a woman who is ready to give birth and dilating could still request an abortion.
"My bill would allow that, yes," Tran answered.
"I thought it was terrible," Trump said of Tran's statements.
"Do you remember when I said [during a 2016 presidential debate] 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."
Gov. Northam, an assumed moderate, backed the notion that a woman should be able to give birth to a child, and if she decides that she doesn't want it, the baby would be left to die on the table.
The statement from Northam follows news of a new bill that was proposed by VA Democratic Delegate Kathy Tran late last week, in Virginia's House of Delegates, that would allow abortions to take place up until the moment of birth.
Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam told WTOP radio that third-trimester abortions are done with "the consent of obviously the mother, with the consent of the physician, multiple physicians by the way, and it’s done in cases where there may be severe deformities or there may be a fetus that’s not viable."
Northan presented an instance in which "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."
This is horrific.— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) January 30, 2019
Dem Gov. Ralph Northam, a pediatrician himself, is defending born-alive abortions:
“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.”pic.twitter.com/3AxXlBhImQ
Republican lawmakers accused the governor of endorsing infanticide.
Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb called Northam's remarks "morally repugnant."
"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 said.
"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."
In a report from CNN Northam's office released a statement on Wednesday saying his comments were taken out of context:
"No woman seeks a third trimester abortion except in the case of tragic or difficult circumstances, such as a nonviable pregnancy or in the event of severe fetal abnormalities, and the governor's comments were limited to the actions physicians would take in the event that a woman in those circumstances went into labor," Ofirah Yheskel, Northam's spokesperson, wrote in the statement.
"Attempts to extrapolate these comments otherwise is in bad faith and underscores exactly why the governor believes physicians and women, not legislators, should make these difficult and deeply personal medical decisions," Yheskel said in the statement.