Virginia Governor Who Supported Infanticide Signs Bill to Make Animal Cruelty a Felony

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 2, 2019   |   12:01PM   |   Richmond, VA

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has a clear moral disconnect.

Earlier this year, Governor Northam came under massive national criticism for appearing on a radio show and supporting infanticide. During his interview he advocated for merely keeping babies comfortable as parents leave them to die shortly after birth.

Northam defended a radical pro-abortion bill that would have allowed unborn babies to be aborted up to the point when a woman is about to give birth. The governor not only defended the legislation, but he also said doctors and women could have a discussion about whether to leave a disabled newborn baby to die.

Later, Northam refused to disavow his comments when he endorsed infanticide, saying: “I don’t have any regrets.”

While protecting newborn babies who survive abortions is apparently too much for Northam to support, a law against animal cruelty isn’t. Today he signed a new bill into law that would make animal cruelty a felony in the commonwealth.

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Current law requires the animal to die before someone can face felony charges. Starting July 1, under the bill Northam approved, animal abusers could be found guilty of a Class 6 felony. Here’s more:

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) on Monday signed a bill that increases the penalty for “cruelly or unnecessarily beating, maiming, mutilating, or killing a dog or cat” to a felony charge.

The bill, which is being referred to as “Tommie’s Law,” alters current stipulations that say an animal must die for someone to be charged with a felony, according to NBC 10, a local news affiliate.

Many have dubbed the bill “Tommie’s Law” because the measure follows the death of a pit bull that was tied to a pole and intentionally set on fire in Richmond, Va.

The dog, named Tommie, died five days after the incident at Richmond Animal Care and Control shelter, NBC 10 reported.

State Sen. Bill DeSteph (R) told CBS 6 that he had been crafting the legislation for three years after a dog named Sugar was attacked with a machete in Virginia Beach.

“It should be named for every one of those cases,” DeSteph said. “The crime matches the penalty. Not whether the dog lives or dies, the act of maliciously wounding or torturing a dog is the felony.”

The law only applies to dogs and cats. Unfortunately it doesn’t also apply to newborn babies who survive abortions.