Virginia Democrats are pushing a bill which allows for abortion of a full term baby while the mother is in active labor.
According to Fox News, the abortion debate erupted anew this week after a video surfaced showing the Democratic sponsor of a Virginia abortion proposal acknowledging it could allow women to terminate a pregnancy up until the moment before birth, for reasons including mental health.
“First New York, and now a proposed Virginia bill that would legalize abortion up to the moment of birth,” tweeted Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin. “This is a sad commentary on the culture of death that continues to creep insidiously into the laws of our [country].”
First New York, and now a proposed Virginia bill that would legalize abortion up to the moment of birth…
This is a sad commentary on the culture of death that continues to creep insidiously into the laws of our county…
— Governor Matt Bevin (@GovMattBevin) January 30, 2019
The Bill which seeks to repeal restrictions on third-trimester abortions, was sponsored by Virginia Democratic Del. Kathy Tran.
The bill would remove a number of restrictions currently in place regarding late-term abortions, including doing away with the requirement that two other physicians certify a third-trimester abortion is necessary to prevent the woman’s death or impairment of her mental or physical health. The third trimester lasts until 40 weeks.
Todd Gilbert, the Republican House majority leader, questioned Tran about the bill during a hearing Monday. He asked Tran if a woman who has physical signs she is about to give birth could request an abortion if a physician said it could impair her “mental health.”
“Mr. Chairman, that would be … a decision that the doctor, the physician and the woman would make at that point,” Tran replied.
“I understand that,” Gilbert replied. “I’m asking if your bill allows that.”
“My bill would allow that, yes,” Tran replied.
Virginia Republicans shared the video and it instantly went viral.
Virginia Democrats pushing a bill which allows for abortion of a full term baby while the mother is in active labor. pic.twitter.com/nFGReK6sh7
— Feisty☀️Floridian (@Feisty_FL) January 29, 2019
“Virginia House Democrats proposed legislation to allow abortions up to just seconds before that precious child takes their first breath…Thankfully, our strong conservative majority was able to defeat this bill,” the Virginia House of Delegates Republican Caucus posted on Facebook.