Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is attempting to do damage control after many called him out for comments he made about late-term abortions.
During a recent interview with WTOP, Northam claimed that it was the mother’s right to let her child die after birth if the child had serious “deformities.”
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
“This is why decisions such as this should be made by providers, physicians, and the mothers and fathers that are involved. When we talk about third-trimester abortions, these are done with the consent of obviously the mother with the concent of the physicians — more than one physician, by the way. And 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.”
However, the Virginia governor posted on Twitter about the backlash, pointing to his past as a pediatric neurologist as his defense.
I have devoted my life to caring for children and any insinuation otherwise is shameful and disgusting.
— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) January 31, 2019
Many are still standing strong on their criticism, with President Donald Trump saying that the pro-life movement will not back down in protesting the comments.
“This is going to lift up the whole pro-life movement like maybe it’s never been lifted up before,” Trump told the Daily Caller.