Lawmakers in New York recently enacted legislation allowing abortion at any point in a pregnancy if the abortion provider determines a risk to the mother’s health.
Virginia Democrats pushed a very similar bill this week, even allowing abortion during labor or allowing parents to let a baby die if it is delivered alive following a failed abortion. That bill was defeated in subcommittee by a Republican majority.
Similar abortion measures are advancing in California, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam set off a firestorm of condemnation Wednesday by stating a baby fully delivered after a failed abortion is not necessarily entitled to medical care.
“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,” said Northam.
Northam insists he was referring to late-term pregnancies in which the babies are not considered viable or suffering from severe birth defects.
Catholic Association Senior Fellow Ashley McGuire says the late-term abortion bills advancing in multiple states prove something more sinister: that Democrats are out of touch with the public on abortion.
“What I think all of this shows is how extreme the left has gotten on abortion. The overwhelming majority of Americans, by a nine-to-one ratio, oppose third trimester abortions. In fact, most Americans, even those who self-identify as pro-choice, are only OK with it in the first trimester,” said McGuire.
But whether Northam was defending infanticide or not, McGuire says the debate shows how silly it is to consider a baby a human at one end of the birth canal and not the other.
“What is the difference, really, between an abortion right before a baby is born and killing a baby right after it’s born. I think it’s showing that when you take their position to it’s logical extreme, it’s pretty appalling and barbaric,” said McGuire.
But McGuire is hopeful that the outrage to the legislation in New York and Virginia will wake people up.
“If there’s any sort of positive coming out of all of this is that it is shedding light for Americans on the grotesque extremism that’s gotten the Democratic Party in a choke hold when it comes to abortion,” said McGuire.
Not long ago, Democrats were publicly horrified at the story of Philadelphia abortion provider Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who was convicted of murdering babies who survived attempted abortions. Listen to the full podcast to hear McGuire explain how the Democrats have taken steps in legislatures and in court to prevent states from preventing Gosnell-like horrors from happening again.