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Wed Jan 30, 2019, 07:19 PM

Virginia Democratic governor touches off abortion uproar [View all]

Source: NBC News

Republicans charged Ralph Northam, a pediatrician, was supporting infanticide, while Dems countered the remarks were being politicized.

Jan. 30, 2019, 4:02 PM CST
By Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam was accused by prominent Republicans on Wednesday of supporting infanticide because of comments he made about late-term abortions in which the infant is severely deformed or unable to survive after birth.

The Democratic governor and pediatric neurologist was defending efforts to loosen abortion restrictions during a radio interview on WTOP-FM when described a hypothetical situation where a severely deformed newborn infant could be left to die.

Northam said that if a woman were to desire an abortion as she's going into labor, the baby would be "resuscitated if that's what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue" between doctors and the mother.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was one of several Republicans to denounce the comments, tweeting that Northam is openly supporting legal infanticide.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/virginia-democratic-governor-touches-abortion-uproar-n964896

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