Virginia Del. Kathy Tran was not alone when she pushed a radical pro-abortion bill to expand legalized abortions through all nine months of pregnancy.
Her bill, which was defeated in committee, had the backing of many state Democratic leaders, including Gov. Ralph Northam, Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax, and Attorney General Mark Herring, as well as 22 co-sponsors. The Republican Standard reports Northam, Fairfax and Herring even went so far as to call the bill a priority.
Tran’s bill became the subject of national outrage last week after she told a fellow lawmaker that her bill would allow unborn babies to be aborted up to the point when a woman is about to give birth – even if there is no physical threat to her health.
The bill would have repealed most abortion restrictions in Virginia and allowed unborn babies to be aborted for any mental or physical health reason, even through the third trimester. It would have repealed language in the current law allowing third-trimester abortions only when the pregnancy “is likely to result in the death of the woman or substantially and irremediably impair the mental or physical health of the woman.” The bill would have taken out “substantially and irremediably,” thereby allowing abortions for any loosely defined “health” reason.
Additionally, the bill would have removed a requirement that second- and third-trimester abortions be performed in a hospital, and another requiring ultrasounds as part of a woman’s informed consent. The bill also would have repealed a requirement that two physicians certify that a third-trimester abortion is necessary to protect the woman’s life or health.
Northam defended the bill and went even further, saying doctors and women could have a discussion about whether to leave a disabled newborn baby to die.
Supporting the killing of unborn babies for basically any reason up to birth is reprehensible, and it’s something voters must remember when they go to the polls in 2020.
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Here is the list of co-sponsors of Tran’s legislation, according to the local news:
Delegate Dawn Adams (D-Henrico)
Delegate Hala Ayala (D-Woodbridge)
Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-Woodbridge)
Delegate Lee Carter (D-Manassas)
Delegate Wendy Gooditis (D-Clarke)
Delegate Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City)
Delegate Patrick Hope (D-Arlington)
Delegate Jay Jones (D-Norfolk)
Delegate Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)
Delegate Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria)
Delegate Mark Levine (D-Alexandria)
Delegate Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington)
Delegate Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond)
Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke)
Delegate David Reid (D-Loudon)
Delegate Debra Rodman (D-Henrico)
Delegate Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)
Delegate Cheryl Turpin (D-Virginia Beach)
Delegate Roslyn Tyler (D-Jarratt)
Delegate Schuyler VanValkenburg (D-Henrico)
Senator Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon)
Senator Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)
McClellan also sponsored a state Senate version of the bill. Sponsors of her legislation, according to the Republican Standard, include:
Senator Janet Howell (D-Reston)
Senator Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac)
Senator Mamie Locke (D-Hampton)
Senator Dave Marsden (D-Burke)
Senator Monty Mason (D-Williamsburg)
Senator Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield)
Senator Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)
Delegate Jeff Bourne (D-Richmond)
Delegate Betsy Carr (D-Richmond)
Delegate Ken Plum (D-Reston)
Delegate Cia Price (D-Newport News)
Delegate Jeion Ward (D-Hampton)
Delegate Vivian Watts (D-Annandale)
Delegate Karrie Delaney (D-67th) – Removed after initially co-sponsoring.