Northam: GOP Critics of Late-Term-Abortion Bill ‘Playing Politics with Women’s Health’
Excerpt: “No woman seeks a third trimester abortion except in the case of tragic or difficult circumstances . . . and the governor’s comments were limited to the actions physicians would take in the event that a woman in those circumstances went into labor,” the statement continued. “Attempts to extrapolate these comments otherwise is in bad faith and underscores exactly why the governor believes physicians and women, not legislators, should make these difficult and deeply personal medical decisions.” Northam, who worked as a pediatrician before entering politics, was asked during a Wednesday radio interview whether he supported Democratic delegate Kathy Tran’s late-term-abortion bill, which, she admitted during a Monday committee hearing, would allow doctors to perform an abortion up until the point of birth. “This is why decisions such as this should be made by providers, physicians, and the mothers and fathers that are involved,” Northam said. “When we talk about third-trimester abortions, these are done with the consent of obviously the mother, with the consent of the physician — more than one physician, by the way — and it’s done in cases where there may be severe deformities. There may be a fetus that’s non-viable.