After New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, signed off on a late-term abortion bill, making it lawful for a mother to deny life to a newborn baby if it was born during an abortion procedure, other states—including Virginia—followed suit with similar legislation.
When Del. Kathy Tran—a Democrat from Fairfax—introduced a similar bill, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam was quick to endorse it.
Describing the procedure in an interview, Northam 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, then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and mother.” (In other words, a discussion about whether the baby should live or die.)
Due to a Republican majority in the state legislature, the bill was voted down.
To counter such measures, on Feb. 25 Republican members of the U.S. Senate introduced pro-life legislation, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S.130), which also criminalized the actions of anyone who would harm the baby.
When put to a vote, all Republicans and three Democrats voted in favor of the motion to move forward, but 44 Democrats voted against it, including Virginia Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, both Democrats. The bill died in the Senate.
On Nov. 5, Virginia voters must decide whether a newborn baby’s life should be protected if born during an abortion procedure.
Virginia Democrats have already attempted to pass a late-term abortion bill similar to that of New York. If Democrats win a majority in the Virginia House of Delegates and the Senate, it is highly likely that this will become law with the blessing of Gov. Ralph Northam.