(Matt Demlein, WRVA)

More Abortion Debate At Capitol

Democrats, Republicans Hold Dueling News Conferences

January 31, 2019 - 4:55 pm

Richmond,  Va. (Newsradiowrva.com) --  For the fourth day, Republicans and Democrats went back and fourth over a bill on late-term abortions, a bill, it should be pointed out, that was voted down and tabled on Monday.  Republicans held a news conference Thursday morning, continuing to argue the bill would have legalized what amounted to infanticide, and criticized Governor Ralph Northam for comments he made on Washington radio station WTOP about the bill.  

Northam and the Democrats held a press conference of their own Thursday afternoon, calling the allegations that Northam supported infanticide "laughable and grotesque."  Northam says he does not regret the comments, and that he phrased his answer as he would as Doctor.

The bill in question would have loosened some of the restrictions on third-trimester abortions.  Delegate Kathy Tran (D-Fairfax) wanted to allow only one doctor to find that there was a "health of the mother" reason for an abortion at that time.  Current law requires three doctors, and the health finding must be that it would have a significant impact.

Tran herself took to her twitter account today to defend her bill.  She actually took down her account earlier in the week after receiving heavy response to the bill.

This firestorm comes as the entire General Assembly is up for election this year, with both chambers only having a two seat GOP majority.