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Failed Virginia abortion bill stirs controversy

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 1/31/19, 11:31 am

Democrats who supported a failed effort this week in Virginia to weaken protections for unborn babies in later stages of pregnancy insist they were not as callous toward late-term infants as their arguments made them sound. Democratic Delegate Kathy Tran introduced the bill and testified this week before a House subcommittee that it would allow a pregnant woman to request an abortion even if she was moments away from giving birth. Gov. Ralph Northam, also a Democrat, added fuel to the fire Wednesday by describing in a radio interview a hypothetical situation in which an infant who was severely deformed or unable to survive after birth could be left to die. Northam called the controversy overblown and said that as a physician he has devoted his life to caring for children.

Tran’s legislation, which the subcommittee voted down, would have reduced the requirements for approving late-term abortions, which are already legal in the state in certain circumstances. President Donald Trump weighed in, telling The Daily Caller in an interview posted online Wednesday, “I thought it was terrible. … Do you remember when I said 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.”

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • JerryM
    Posted: Thu, 01/31/2019 03:58 pm

    Is this a concerted Democratic Party effort or merely inspired or encouraged by what happened in NYS?  Evil.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 01/31/2019 04:06 pm

    If you click the highlighted word “insist” in the first paragraph of the article, you are taken to a Twitter debate raging over this. It’s quite enlightening. It is also pretty ferocious. It’s obvious  this is waking up a lot of pro-life citizens of Virginia. 

    God help us all wake up and work to remove the stench of abortion from the air over America!

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Thu, 01/31/2019 04:13 pm

    Nothing happens without the knowledge and consent of the Party leaders. This is almost certainly part of a nationwide plan by Democrats to expand and "improve" abortion access for those mothers who desire to kill their children. Let's watch and see if it spreads to other states as well.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 01/31/2019 04:23 pm

    In other news (which World has not yet addressed) liberals, particularly Diane Feinstein, Kamala Harris, and others in California, are angrily denouncing President Trump’s re-nomination of conservative candidates Daniel Collins and Kenneth Lee, for the Ninth Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.*

    We MUST be supportive of President Trump’s conservative appointments, regardless of how we may feel about Trump personally. 

    *I may not have the Court title exactly right. 

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 01/31/2019 07:51 pm

    Now. Let me pose this question:  Does it do any good for us to raise our voices to protest abortion, to write our Governors, State and Federal Congress-persons, post on social media, participate in marches, and so on?  

    Absolutely!  First there is simply the moral imperative that we speak against evil.  

    Second, push-back does sometimes make pro-abortion government people modify their positions.

    Third, as important as the first two:  there ARE an incredible number of members of our society who simply don’t pay much attention or give much thought to these things. When controversy makes the news, shows up on social media, it does wake some people up to what is going on. We NEED that. A news outlet I have little respect for, because it consistently bends their reporting to support the left, does have an excellent slogan:  “Democracy dies in the darkness.”  

    YES!  Shed light into dark corners, where the enemy hopes to act without us noticing. 

    From this afternoon’s news, proof that our voices can cause the left to pull back a bit:  Virginia Delegate Dawn Adams has said, “By now you have heard about the abortion bill, or seen the video,” Adams said in the email. “I vaguely remember signing on to this, and I did this in solidarity with my colleague and as a symbolic gesture for a woman’s right to choose.”

    She does not like the optics of being a supporter of abortion right up to the moment of delivery. Don’t make any mistake, she still wants women to have the right to murder babies, she is just afraid to appear extreme and lose support. 

    So. Raise your voices!  We are on the right side on this!