Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (Wikimedia Commons)

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (Wikimedia Commons)

Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam famously has indicated he’s willing to allow a new-born child to die, but he’s concerned about cruelty to animals.

Northam has signed legislation making animal cruelty a Class 6 felony, punishable by a fine of up to $2,500 and a prison sentence of up to five years.

In November, however, he supported a bill that would have allowed abortion through all nine months of pregnancy and even permitted allowing newborns who survived an abortion to die.

He explained in a radio interview how a “failed abortion” might work.

“If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen,” he said. “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.”

Powerline’s Paul Mirengoff noted Senate Democrats refused to repudiate Northam’s position, blocking a resolution condemning the practice.

“If we’re really at the point where our country can’t agree that killing babies who have been born is always wrong, then its not easy to see how we remain one society, no matter how strongly we agree that cruelty to animals is wrong,” Mirengoff wrote.

Amid strong criticism, Northam said he didn’t regret his “infanticide” remarks, accusing media of misconstruing his remarks.

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