Virginia governor Ralph Northam held a press conference Thursday afternoon. The event comes just one day after he made horrific remarks saying he supported infanticide, indicating doctors and patients could have a discussion about whether or not to leave a disabled baby to die.
Northam refused to disavow his comments from yesterday when he endorsed infanticide, saying: “I don’t have any regrets.”
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Even though he was captured on an unedited video making the remarks supporting infanticide, Northam says it’s just a bunch of “misinformation.”
At the press conference, a small group of protesters, including a pregnant woman, silently held signs with pictures of infants and captions such as: “Endangered Species in Ralph Northam’s Virginia.” However, he was greeted with cheers and applause from the majority of attendees.
Northam said that “misinformation” had spread about the bill and his comments.
“We’re here to set the record straight. Virginia Democrats are on the side of ensuring women get the health care they need,” Northam said. Northam also accused Republicans of being uncivil in their response to the bill. “Virginia Democrats know that we’re better than that,” he said.
Northam then invited Mark Herring, the Democratic attorney general to speak.
“Desperation can be ugly. And what we saw yesterday from Republicans was desperate and ugly,” Herring said about Republican response to the bill. He said that claims from Republicans that Northam supports infanticide “would be laughable if it wasn’t such a grotesque” idea.
Northam also blamed Republicans and made it appear they’re just out to smear him because they hate women.
In an opening statement, the governor, who was met with applause and cheers, said he aimed to “set the record straight” on where Virginia Democrats stand on issues on women’s reproductive health.
“Virginia Democrats are on the side of ensuring women have access to the healthcare they need. There is a fundamental difference between us and the Republicans, in what we believe on a woman’s right to choose. We believe legislators, most of whom are men, should not be making decisions about women’s choices for their reproductive health.”
“My Republican friends believe in something different,” Northam continued, “and that is no secret. We can agree to disagree on this topic but we can be civil about it.”