President Donald Trump didn’t mince words when he was asked about the shocking comments from Virginia Governor Ralph Northam supporting infanticide.
Northam not only defended a bill in the state legislature that would legalize abortions up to birth – even if the mother is dilated — he defended infanticide during a radio show today.
Northam apparently thinks it’s okay to kill a baby once the infant is fully delivered.
“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 and mother,” he said.
Later Northam doubled down on his support for infanticide via s spokesman, who essentially said the governor was only talking about infanticide in cases of disabled babies.
Trump said Wednesday the uproar over a 40-week abortion proposal in Virginia will end up helping the pro-life movement. Trump told The Daily Caller he was shocked by Northam’s words.
“I’m surprised that he did that, I’ve met him a number of times,” Trump said.
“I thought it was terrible,” he said of Tran’s remarks. “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.”
“This is going to lift up the whole pro-life movement like maybe it’s never been lifted up before,” he said. “The pro-life movement is very much a 50-50, it’s a very 50-50 issue, actually it’s gained a point or two over the years.”
Ofirah Yheskel, Northam’s communications director, issued a statement looking to clarify the governor’s comments.
“The governor’s comments were limited to the actions physicians would take in the event that a woman [facing nonviable pregnancy or severe fetal abnormalities] went into labor,” it said.
“Republicans in Virginia and across the country are trying to play politics with women’s health, and that is exactly why these decisions belong between a woman and her physician, not legislators, most of whom are men,” the statement reads. “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.”
Yheskel added: “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.”