When asked about the controversial late term abortion bill presented in Virginia’s House of Delegates this week, Governor Ralph Northam said a fully developed child born in the third trimester would be kept alive, but the physician and mother would get to discuss and decide whether to take its life or not.
“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,” Northam said on WTOP’s “Ask The Governor” segment this morning.
The radio host, Julie Carey, did not bother to clarify what he meant by “resuscitated” or whether this meant mother and a doctor could choose to kill a baby after birth, a baby who would have just taken their first breath.
The Repeal Act presented by Delegate Kathy Tran, a Democrat, would reverse many of the state’s current abortion restrictions, and would allow women going into labor at 40 weeks gestation to be eligible for abortions. (On Monday, a subcommittee voted to table the bill for now.)
Northam reiterated multiple times in the interview that he believes more than one doctor should have to certify a late term pregnancy eligible for abortion, a restriction that Tran’s bill would reverse.
“I think it’s always good to get a second opinion and for at least two providers to be involved in that decision because these decisions shouldn’t be taken lately, and so I would certainly more than one provider,” he said.
Tran’s bill removes the language “substantially and irremediably,” allowing doctors to terminate a baby by determining it would put the mother’s physical or mental health at risk, and without a second or third doctor’s medical opinion.
“This is why decisions such as this should be made by providers, physicians, and the mothers and fathers that are involved,” he said. “When we talk about third trimester abortions these are done with the consent of the mother, with the consent of the physicians, more than one physicians by the way.”
Northam is clear that he believes it is up to a mother and two other doctors to decide whether another human is allowed to live or not.