The Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia — who also happens to be a former pediatric neurologist — won’t let New York out do him when it comes to abortion rights.
Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam came under fire Wednesday after he waded into the fight over a controversial abortion bill that one sponsor said could allow women to terminate a pregnancy up until the moment before birth — with critics saying Northam indicated a child could be killed after birth.
Northam, whose office is now pushing back on those claims, appeared on WTOP to discuss The Repeal Act, which seeks to repeal restrictions on third-trimester abortions. Virginia Democratic Del. Kathy Tran, one of the sponsors, sparked outrage from conservatives when she was asked at a hearing if a woman about to give birth and dilating could still request an abortion. The bill was tabled in committee this week.
“My bill would allow that, yes,” she said.
Northam, who was elected Governor in 2017, previously served as Virginia’s Lt. Governor and as a state senator. While a Senator, Northam opposed a bill that would mandate vaginal ultrasounds for women seeking abortions.