‘The governor’s statement is morally reprehensible and ghoulish to the core….’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Virginia Republicans, who hold a razor-thin majority in the state’s General Assembly, successfully killed a bill proposed by Democrats that would have allowed abortions in the state to take place up until the very moment an infant was born, even after a mother went into labor.
Following the recent passage of a similar partial-birth abortion bill in New York, Fairfax Del. Kathy Tran‘s bill would have made Virginia one of the least restrictive abortive states in the country. But a House subcommittee voted 5-3 to table the bill on Tuesday, according to the Washington Times.
Tran defended the bill on the Virginia state legislature’s floor, acknowledging that it would permit abortions to occur into the third trimester, up until the very end, if deemed necessary for the mother’s physical and/or mental health.
House Majority Leader Todd Gilbert asked Tran if the bill would legalize abortion after labor, specifically dilation, begins.
“Mr. Chairman, you know, that would be a decision that the doctor—the physician—and the woman would make,” Tran replied.
“I understand that. I’m asking if your bill allows that,” Gilbert continued.
“My bill would allow that, yes,” Tran admitted.
“Virginia House Democrats proposed legislation to allow abortions up to just seconds before that precious child takes their first breath,” the Virginia House Republicans said in a statement. “Thankfully, our strong conservative majority was able to defeat this bill.”
Before Republicans defeated the bill, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, who falsely campaigned as a moderate Democrat, defended the bill and even suggested a child could be aborted after it was delivered, if deemed medically necessary.
Republicans slammed Northam’s comments as “disgusting” and “evil.”
“The governor’s statement is morally reprehensible and ghoulish to the core. How seared must a conscience be for a leader to discuss leaving born-alive children to die with the cavalier indifference as if he were discussing the relative merits of a water treatment plant in Danville or Culpeper?” Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said in a statement.
“Human beings are not animals to be farmed, and not machines to be deprogrammed when they are not considered state-of-the-art,” Moore continued. “Children have intrinsic value that is defined not by their power, nor by the whim of doctors, but by the image of God each one of them bears.”