Some Americans have been caught off guard by the extreme abortion policies that have been brought forward by several states, including a bill in Virginia and a new law in New York.
As IJR previously reported, pro-life groups were outraged by the legislation in New York that allowed late-term abortions.
Lila Rose, the president of Live Action, told IJR, “Convicted criminals aren’t subjected to the death penalty in New York state, but now children up until the ninth month of pregnancy can be given lethal injections and poisoned to death.”
While some say the policy in New York is extreme, New York is one of the Democrats’ largest strongholds in the nation, making it easy for far-left policies to become law.
Many more Americans were shocked to see similar legislation proposed in Virginia. As IJR previously reported, Delegate Kathy Tran (D-Va.) proposed a new law that would allow a woman in labor to request an abortion.
Heartbreaking… This isn't in New York, this isn't in California, this happened just this week right here in Virginia. @VAHouseDems proposed legislation to provide abortions up to just seconds before that precious child takes their first breath. Watch for yourself. pic.twitter.com/AxgPVyI6kU
— VA House GOP (@vahousegop) January 29, 2019
Tran’s description of the bill was pretty bleak, but Governor Ralph Northam’s (D-Va.) description blew hers out of the water. During an interview with WTOP, Northam explained that the baby would be delivered and then the mother and the doctor could consult about the abortion. He noted that the baby would be kept “comfortable” and could be resuscitated if that is what the mother decides.
VA gov on abortion this morning:
“If a mother is in labor…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 & mother" pic.twitter.com/cc15pVLjIQ
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) January 30, 2019
“It’s done in cases where there may be severe deformities, there may be a fetus that is non-viable. So in this particular example, 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 mothers.”
The bill didn’t make it out of the subcommittee in Virginia, but many were still shocked that it was proposed. However, President Donald Trump was not one of those people.
He predicted bills, like the one in New York and Virginia, would be coming down the pike. In fact, he confronted Hillary Clinton about the issue in a debate.
“I think it’s terrible. If you go with what Hillary is saying [about partial-birth abortion], in the ninth month you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby. Now you can say that that’s okay, and Hillary can say that that’s okay, but it’s not okay with me because based on what she’s saying and based on where she’s going and where she’s been, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb. In the ninth month. On the final day. And that’s not acceptable.”
During an interview with the Daily Caller, Trump said he was “surprised” by Northam’s comments, adding, “I thought it was terrible. Do you remember when I said 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.”
The president also took to Twitter to call out Democrats for supporting these extreme abortion policies.
Democrats are becoming the Party of late term abortion, high taxes, Open Borders and Crime!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 31, 2019
Abortion hasn’t been a top-priority issue for either party, but it looks as though the recent changes in New York and the proposal in Virginia have moved the issue to the forefront, along with immigration and taxes.