New Video Shows VA Gov. (Who's Also a Physician) Doubling Down on Pro-Infanticide Comments


Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is a fantastic walking advertisement for the Republicans right now, which is sort of unfortunate for him since he’s a Democrat.

Northam, a pediatric neurologist before his term as governor, went on Washington radio station WTOP-FM to defend a controversial legislative proposal that would allow abortion up until the point of birth.

The problem was that Northam seemed to be willing to go a bit beyond that and allow what I’m sure some liberals might euphemize as fourth-trimester abortion.

“When we talk about third-trimester abortions, these are done with the consent of the mother, with the consent of physicians, more than one physician by the way, and it’s done in cases where there may be severe deformities, there may be a fetus which is nonviable,” Northam said.

“So in this particular example, if the 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 this is what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physician and the mother.”

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As you might imagine, infanticide isn’t a super-popular policy position, and Northam has turned into a one-person exemplar of everything horrible about the modern Democrats and their position on abortion, somehow managing to supersede his New York counterpart, Andrew Cuomo, in just a matter of days.

Surely, then, he would clarify his remarks, right?

His people tried to say that he wasn’t talking about termination, according to The Washington Post, although the context of the remarks doesn’t seem to bear that out.

As for the governor himself, he did issue a clarification at a press conference, but not exactly the way you might think. He’s sorry that you didn’t get how enlightened he was on the issue.

“No, I don’t have any regrets, but I do find that how my comments — I did answer that question. I regret that those comments have been mischaracterized,” Northam said at a press conference.

“The personal insults towards me I really find disgusting.”

He regrets all of those “personal insults” over his “mischaracterized” comments. That last part is humorous, inasmuch as most commentators I’ve seen have simply reiterated his comments and then called for summary judgment.

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But if you do that, it’s apparently “shameful and disgusting.”

Right. Don’t believe your lying ears, as Richard Pryor might say. He didn’t say he would kill a recently delivered baby, he strongly implied he would abort a fetus that was outside the mother’s womb. Which was called a child, last I checked, but apparently I’m anti-choice and mischaracterizing the governor, which is shameful and disgusting.

Northam also says that any opposition to this is “nothing more than political points.” Except that his defense of infanticide on WTOP was also political points. The Democrats now believe that the right to an abortion is so sacred that it must extend beyond the womb, if need be — only in very rare cases, we’re assured, just as we were assured that the left wanted the choice to terminate a child to be “safe, legal and rare” before the days of #ShoutYourAbortion.

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The strange thing is that, for Democrat die-hards, this doubling-down will all work to Northam’s redound. He’s so pro-choice he thinks a “nonviable” child who’s been delivered could still be “aborted.”  What political bravery — staking out a position even further to the left than Andrew Cuomo and the people behind New York’s ghoulish, Orwellian-named Reproductive Health Act.

To the rest of us, this looks like the most dangerous slippery slope we could possibly be on. It’s bad enough we’re talking about abortion up until birth, but once you start talking about abortion after it — which is no longer abortion but euthanasia on an individual who cannot consent — it’s not a long road from one hour to one week to one year.

The fact that this came from someone who’s taken the Hippocratic oath makes it all the sicker. If anything, the fact that he had time to think about it and still refused to back down makes this statement even worse than his first one.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
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