Consider a state legislative debate Tuesday over Democratic Delegate Kathy Tran’s bill repealing restrictions on third-trimester abortions, as described by Fox News:
Todd Gilbert, the Republican House majority leader, questioned Tran about the bill during a hearing Monday [1/28/2019]. 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.”
“Where it’s obvious that a woman is about to give birth. She has physical signs that she is about to give birth. Would that still be a point at which she could request an abortion if she was so-certified — she’s dilating,” he asked.
“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.”
Tran replied: “My bill would allow that, yes.”
Virginia Democratic Del. Kathy Tran is the sponsor of so-called Repeal Act, which seeks to repeal restrictions on third-trimester abortions. 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.)
Read Fox News report “Outrage as video shows Virginia abortion bill sponsor says plan would allow abortions up to birth” HERE.
View a synopsis of this testimony HERE
Watch the actual footage of Del. Kathy Tran testifying HERE.
Just as detestable, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam justified the bill by saying, “When we talk about third trimester abortions, these are done with the consent of the mother, with the consent of the physicians. More than one physician, by the way. And its done in case where there may be severe deformities, where there may be a fetus that is non-viable.
“So, in this particular example, if a mother is in labor I can tell you exactly what would happen. 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.”