Virginia Governor Ralph Northam came under fire for refusing to condemn the late-term abortion bill presented earlier this week — and he’s still standing by his comment.
The proposed bill presented by Democratic Delegate Kathy Tran would allow abortion at any point during a woman’s pregnancy, even at the moment of birth.
When pressed, Tran admitted the bill would allow for an abortion while a woman is in labor if the birth would affect the physical or mental health of the woman negatively.
“My bill would allow that, yes,” she said.
Then, during a WTOP interview, the Democratic governor refused to condemn the bill, saying the decision was between the women and physicians, and that the government should stay out of it.
Read what else he said during the interview:
“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.”
Northam is standing firm as he claims he has no “regrets” over his WTOP late-term abortion comments.
When asked about the comments, he said: “I’m a physician. I’m also the governor, but when I’m asked questions a lot of the times it is put in the context of being a physician … so no, I don’t have any regrets.”
In the backlash, he claimed his comments were “mischaracterized,” adding that the criticism is “disgusting.”
“We can agree to disagree,” Northam said. “But let’s be civil about it.”
Watch the video below:
As Northam continues to come under fire for his comments and the controversial bill was tabled in committee, the state of New York recently passed the extensive pro-choice legislation.