President Donald Trump has eviscerated a Virginia lawmaker’s proposal to allow the abortion of babies up until the moment of birth.
The proposal, which has been met with fierce criticism online, gained massive exposure this week after Virginia House Democrat Kathy Tran was quizzed on the specifics by Republican Todd Gilbert during a House subcommittee hearing. During this exchange, Tran made it clear that the HB 2491 or “The Repeal Act,” would allow for the termination of an infant life even if the mother has begun “dilating” and is about to give birth.
“I thought it was terrible,” Trump said of Tran’s proposal in an interview with The Daily Caller. “Do you remember when I said [during a 2016 presidential debate] 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.”
On Wednesday morning, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam appeared on WTOP Radio to answer questions about the new bill, which he said he fully endorses.
During WTOP’s “Ask The Governor” segment, Northam defended HB 2491, noting he believes Tran’s comments were “really blown out of proportion.”
Northam went on to offer a troubling scenario that appeared to support not only Tran’s bill, but out-of-the-womb infanticide:
“If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen,” he said. “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 the mother.”
Though the president had not heard Northam’s comments at the time of the interview, he noted that he was “surprised,” that Northam said that, adding that he had “met him a number of times.”
In response to understandable backlash against his sickening remarks, Northam, a pediatric neurologist, posted a defiant message on Twitter:
I have devoted my life to caring for children and any insinuation otherwise is shameful and disgusting.
— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) January 31, 2019
“This is going to lift up the whole pro-life movement like maybe it’s never been lifted up before,” Trump said of the controversy. “I think this will very much lift up the issue because people have never thought of it in those terms.”