Mike Pence slams Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam over his support for late-term abortion bill

Vice President Mike Pence slammed embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam last week for supporting infanticide.

President Donald Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Pence in condemning Northam for endorsing a late-term abortion bill in his state that would allow killing unborn babies until birth.

In an op-ed for National Review, Pence accused Northam and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of putting human life “under attack” and said that their attempts to dehumanize the unborn must be a “call to action.”

A call to action

Virginia has been the epicenter of the culture war for over a week because of controversy surrounding its governor, who has been facing pressure to resign since a controversial picture from his medical school yearbook surfaced last week. Northam at first admitted that the image, which appears on his page in the 1984 yearbook, showed him wearing one of two offensive costumes — one of which featured an individual in blackface and the other an individual in KKK garb.

The governor has since walked back his admission of guilt and insisted that he is not in the photo. Meanwhile, outrage over the image has sparked calls of caution from some conservatives who say that judging Northam for it would play into the left’s politically correct outrage culture.

But Northam’s racism controversy also came not long after the media gave him a pass on his support for infanticide. Northam lent his support last week to a defeated bill in his state that would have allowed babies to be killed until and even after birth.

“If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen,” Northam said. “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.”

A video of the bill’s sponsor, Democratic Virginia state delegate Kathy Tran, defending the proposed legislation also went viral. The video showed Tran admitting that it would allow “abortion” of babies up until the moment of birth for reasons as broad and vague as “mental health.”

Soon after, Rubio slammed Northam and the bill, writing: “I never thought I would see the day that America had government officials who openly support legal infanticide.”

Reacting to Northam’s comments and the infanticide law in New York, Pence also condemned the left for its depraved descent into barbarism in his National Review column.

“These Virginia and New York late-term abortion bills should be a call to action for all Americans. A society can be judged by how it treats its most vulnerable, and it would be unconscionable for us to let this moment pass in silence,” Pence wrote. “We must recommit ourselves, today and every day, to restoring the sanctity of life to the center of American law.”

The “party of late-term abortion”

Scrambling to mount a defense against the fall-out over his infanticide comments, Northam said that he has “devoted my life to caring for children and any insinuation otherwise is shameful and disgusting.”

The Virginia infanticide controversy came as New York’s Andrew Cuomo lit up the World Trade Center pink in celebration of a successfully passed infanticide bill in his state, which allows “abortion” up until the day of birth for essentially any reason. Defenders of the bill have attempted to argue that its conditions are stringent, but the bill provides a wide mandate to kill unborn children.

President Trump has also hit the Dems for their recent abortion push, labeling the Democrats the “party of  late-term abortion, high taxes, Open Borders, and Crime!” and calling Tran’s comments “terrible.” He also attacked the Democrats for supporting infanticide in his State of the Union address Tuesday night and called for a ban on the barbarous act, saying:

There could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our nation saw in recent days. Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments before birth. These are living, feeling, beautiful babies who will never get the chance to share their love and dreams with the world. And then, we had the case of the governor of Virginia where he basically stated he would execute a baby after birth.

Trump called for an infanticide ban, saying: “To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb. Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life. And let us reaffirm a fundamental truth:  all children – born and unborn – are made in the holy image of God.”

But Senate Democrats blocked a Republican bill proposed by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) this week to ban infanticide.

It says a lot about the left that they’re more outraged about a decades-old photo, offensive though it may be, but not the killing of viable, full-term babies. Americans must come together to reject this barbarism.

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