Kirsters Baish| This week, Nebraska’s Republican Senator Ben Sasse gave his take on statements made by Democratic Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. Sasse openly told Northam that he shouldn’t be serving in any kind of public office if he supports third-term abortion.
During a Wednesday morning interview, Northam had trouble answering the question as to whether or not he supports third-term abortion. The National Review reported that the Democratic governor indicated that once a baby was born, the mother and doctor were in control of what is to happen next.
“This is morally repugnant,” said Sasse in a statement.
“In just a few years pro-abortion zealots went from ‘safe, legal, and rare’ to ‘keep the newborns comfortable while the doctor debates infanticide,’” Sasse went on, The National Review reports. “I don’t care what party you’re from — if you can’t say that it’s wrong to leave babies to die after birth, get the hell out of public office.”
.@BenSasse on Gov Northam's comments: "I don’t care what party you’re from – if you can’t say that it’s wrong to leave babies to die after birth, get the hell out of public office." https://t.co/c5wdVFKpk0 pic.twitter.com/aNM1eldy9Q
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“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,” Northam said during an interview with WTOP.
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The Daily Caller reports:
Roe v. Wade allows women to have an abortion up to the point of fetal “viability,” a term that continues to foster debate as neonatal care advances. Physicians generally point to between 22 and 24 weeks as the point at which a newborn baby can survive outside the womb.
His comments come after Democratic Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran introduced HB 2491 in January. The legislation seeks to repeal the state’s current restrictions on late-term abortions. The bill would allow a doctor to perform an abortion when a woman is dilating, meaning she is about to give birth.
“Clearly, this kind of legislation is an attempt to create legal infanticide as viable babies are aborted to the cheers of abortion extremists,” a statement from Students for Life President Kristan Hawkins read.
If the measure passes, the state’s current requirement that all second and third-term abortions be performed for health reasons only will be put to rest. The Daily Caller also reports that if the measure passes, it will not be mandatory for women to obtain an ultrasound prior to the abortion.
The law currently states that three different physicians must come to the general consensus that an abortion during the third trimester of a pregnancy is necessary in order to “preserve the health or life of the woman,” the Daily Caller reports. The outlet explains that these “requirements are stripped under the proposed legislation, which also removes the state’s mandate that second- and third-trimester abortions be performed in hospitals.”