There is no limit to what pro-abortionists would do to an unwanted child. No limit.
Liberal governors seem to be trying to outdo themselves to ingratiate themselves with the ever-more-extremist Democratic base by passing state laws to insulate themselves from a Roe v. Wade overturn. As we blogged about, Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, has pushed through a law legalizing abortion until the moment of birth. Now Ralph Northam, governor of once-conservative Virginia, is saying that his bill will allow killing the child after he or she has been born.
A reporter asked him what would happen, under his proposed bill to legalize third trimester abortions–that is, after the baby can live outside the womb, even after the baby is full term–what would happen if the woman having the late term abortion goes into labor. Read what he said. . . .
From Andrew Kugle, Northam on Abortion Bill: Infant Could Be Delivered and Then ‘Physicians and the Mother’ Could Decide If It Lives, Washington Examiner:
“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 mother,” [Virginia governor Ralph] Northam said, alluding to the physician and mother discussing whether the born infant should live or die.
“The infant” would be delivered and “kept comfortable” until the decision on whether or not to kill him or her. Gov. Northam thinks of the entity being aborted as an infant and still is willing to subject the baby to capital punishment.
To be scrupulously fair to the governor, I will quote a statement from his office:
“No woman seeks a third trimester abortion except in the case of tragic or difficult circumstances, such as a nonviable pregnancy or in the event of severe fetal abnormalities, and the governor’s comments were limited to the actions physicians would take in the event that a woman in those circumstances went into labor,” Ofirah Yheskel, a spokeswoman for Northam, said. “Attempts to extrapolate these comments otherwise is in bad faith and underscores exactly why the governor believes physicians and women, not legislators, should make these difficult and deeply personal medical decisions,”
First of all, if the child is “nonviable,” there is no need to kill him or her, since the baby, by definition, cannot live. Severe fetal abnormalities? Killing the handicapped is euthanasia, not abortion. Would the governor be all right with killing older children or adults with “abnormalities”? Probably, given the eugenic assumptions of many pro-abortion extremists, but that should, at the minimum, require another bill.
But it is also disingenuous to suggest that the bill would apply only in cases of severe fetal abnormalities. Women will have this option for any reason. (Read this discussion of the law.) In fact, a study of late term abortions has found that “most women seeking later terminations are not doing so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment.” There are around 12,000 of such abortions every year.
All of this is why the governor believes “physicians and women, not legislators,” should make such decisions? Isn’t it the purpose of law to protect lives and the rights of citizens? Why should this type of homicide not come under the domain of law? Why should individuals, however invested in the case, be able to make life or death decisions on their own? What is the law and the legislators who make laws for if not cases like this?
The Virginia state legislature is controlled by Republicans, so the bill is unlikely to pass. Defenders of the bill says that it had more safeguards, including life support, in case a baby proved viable. The governor was talking on his own. But that he would think in these terms and approve infanticide as an abortion technique is monstrous. Though in reality, all abortion is a kind of infanticide. At least perhaps his comments can help the public to see the issues more clearly.
This is why I don’t believe liberals when they invoke “compassion” and oppose “oppression.” I’ll take them seriously only if they show compassion for unborn “infants” and stop oppressing them.
UPDATE: With all of this attention, someone found Gov. Northam’s yearbook while his was in med school. His page included a picture of someone wearing Ku Klux Klan garb next to someone else in blackface. Gov. Northam apologized for wearing a racist costume, though he did not say which of the two costumes he was wearing. After his fellow Democrats joined Republicans in calling for him to resign, he changed his story, saying that he did not believe he was in one of the costumes after all. But someone uncovered his high school yearbook, which showed his photo with a racist caption.
Photo of Gov. Ralph Northam by Craig from Richmond, Virginia`, United States [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons