Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is raising eyebrows with his comments in support of letting infants die after they have been born alive.
Northam, a Democrat, appeared Wednesday on WTOP Radio to discuss House Bill 2491, also known as the Repeal Act, which would remove all restrictions on abortion in Virginia, even allowing a woman to abort her child while she’s in labor.
When asked if he supported the measure promoted by fellow Democrat Kathy Tran, the governor said doctors could make decisions to allow a baby to die even after it’s born alive.
“If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen,” Northam explained.
“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.”
The governor noted earlier in the interview that such cases develop concerning children having “severe deformities.”
“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,” he said. “There may be a fetus that’s non-viable.”
The debate in Virginia comes on the heels of a massive expansion of abortion rights in New York, where the members of the State Senate gave a standing ovation upon its passage and Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo had buildings illuminated in pink lighting to celebrate the measure.
Radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh commented on the trend Wednesday.
“I don’t know what’s happening to the left, the Democrats,” he wondered aloud. “I can’t even relate to this, this competition they have to outperform each other on such inhumane, barbaric, murderous behavior toward infants.”
“It’s just inexplicable,” he added. “They all pile on and they want to be in the contest to see who can be the most outrageous, the meanest, the vilest.”
Limbaugh speculated the political left’s hatred for President Donald Trump has emboldened them, and they feel they “no longer have to trick people,” but can be up front in who they are.
“This is about killing children, and they are delivering standing ovations after passing laws permitting it, or they’re talking about it in the same way they would talk about turning a faucet on and off as did the governor of Virginia.”
Limbaugh suggested that Trump mention the new “infanticide laws” in his State of the Union address next week:
I think he ought to call the Democrats out. I think he ought to talk about the infanticide laws that just passed in New York, and make Democrats applaud this stuff in open and in public! He ought to go down the list of everything the Democrats are doing, are proposing. Not saying he agrees with it. “Ladies and gentlemen, this is the State of the Union. Your Democrat Party just legalized the killing of babies if they survive an abortion,” and make the New York delegation stand up and applaud that.
Make them applaud what they do, ’cause that’s what they do! They applaud things they like – or make them boo Trump when he says it, or make them get up and walk out. Whatever. The fact is, call the left out on what they’re doing. You got a national TV audience here watching a very controversial, contested State of the Union after the government shutdown. The media’s gonna be driving up audience participation here. They’re gonna be promoting this like crazy.
The president ought to call these people out on all these wacko ideas – on immigration, open borders, sanctuary cities – and make these Democrats applaud it, ’cause that’s what happens. They either sit on their hands or applaud. Call ’em out! The Drive-By Media’s not telling anybody what’s going on here! The Drive-By Media’s not telling people that infanticide has just gotten a standing ovation in the New York State Senate. People who live in New York got up one night and they saw the tops of the beings lit up in pink and said, “I wonder what that is?” Well, the New York State Senate just legalized infanticide is what that means.
Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, said Northam’s support of post-birth abortions was a “defining moment.”
“It is so thoughtful of Gov. Northam to assure us that the baby would be ‘kept comfortable’ before they put him down or let him die,” Donohue said.
“Here’s an early 19th century analogy,” he continued. “The slave would be resuscitated if that’s what the master and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between lawmakers and the owner.”
“The Democratic Party is fast becoming the party of death. Every Democrat running for president, including those who may run, should be asked whether they agree with Northam. This is a defining moment. They should also be asked who else they think does not merit the most basic of human rights.”
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