Ralph Northam: Horrific in Many Ways

In a radio interview given last Wednesday (30 Jan.), video of which can be seen on YouTube, Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA) spoke matter-of-factly about terminating the life of a baby after birth.

Northam seems to have had in mind a situation in which a baby was born alive, despite the best efforts of the abortionist, and explained that, under current Virginia law, the “infant” (to use his own term) would be “kept comfortable” while the mother consulted with “more than one physician”; although he did indicate that he opposed a change in state law which would eliminate the requirement to consult more than one doctor in such a circumstance, he was not at all disturbed by the prospect of the mother and the doctors deliberating upon the fate of the child, and having the power to dispose of the child as they saw fit; the governor did not discuss how they would achieve their aim, if they mutually decided to pick up where they had left off, but the infant would probably die soon enough from hypothermia, if neglected, especially if it had been injured during the botched abortion; possibly, if the “discussion” resulted in a decision to let the baby die, they would make the baby “uncomfortable” by removing any blanket which had been swaddling it.

Before he went into politics, Northam was a pediatric neurologist, and he defended himself against criticism on Wednesday evening by tweeting “I have devoted my life to caring for children and any insinuation otherwise is shameful and disgusting.” (Josef Mengele was a physician also, and would probably have expressed similar sentiments.)

No doubt he was well paid for the work which he did, and it is hard to suppress the thought that what he had devoted himself to, in reality, was making money by caring for children, for otherwise he might have shown more concern for the child in the circumstances which he described.

At a press conference the next day, when asked if he regretted his comments, he replied, “No, I don’t have any regrets, but…I regret that those comments have been mischaracterized.”

It is impossible to understand his remarks otherwise than as an acceptance of infanticide, but many Democrats apparently now have re-categorized “infanticide” as a sort of abortion, a “post-birth abortion,” which they consider as unobjectionable as every other abortion.

In the radio interview which caused the controversy Northam had reverted, unthinkingly, to the talking point of male Democrat politicians in the “Me Too”-era: “this is why…legislators, most of whom are men, by the way, shouldn’t be tellin’ a woman what she should and shouldn’t be doin’ with her body.”

Unthinkingly, because in the present example, the baby is no longer inside the body of its mother, but outside, so it would be a case of legislators telling someone what they should and shouldn’t be doing with someone else’s body, which is exactly what laws against murder or bodily harm do.

In refusing to backtrack in any way, however, Gov. Northam seems to be a man who knows which side his bread is buttered on: his campaign received $115,454 from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund in the period August-November 2017, and $1,976,881 from Planned Parenthood Virginia in the period June-November 2017, according to figures compiled by the Virginia Public Access Project; NARAL Pro-Choice America gave a total of $50,000 in the period June-October 2017, and NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia gave a total of $18,430 in the period March-October 2017, according to the same source.

The question of late-term abortion had arisen in the interview with Gov. Northam since Delegate Kathy Tran (D-Fairfax) had introduced in the state legislature a bill which would allow abortion up to the point of birth, even to a woman who was already in labor, and even on grounds of “mental” health, and would reduce the number of doctors necessary to certify the need for a late-term abortion from three to one.

Although that bill was tabled in committee, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed a bill in late January allowing abortion to be performed by non-doctors up until birth for many reasons (superseding a law which allowed abortion after 24 weeks only when the life of the mother was in danger); a similar bill in Rhode Island, legalizing abortion up until birth for many reasons, has been proposed by a state senator and a state representative, and Gov. Gina Raimondo (D), another nominal Catholic, has vowed to sign it.

The remarks of Gov. Northam, while extreme when compared with the views of most Americans, perhaps even most self-identified Democrats, thus are not extreme when compared with the views of many other Democrats, including Democrat officeholders.

The Democrat party has lurched to the left in the last dozen years or so, and they are becoming increasingly radical on the subject of abortion, just as they are in other areas. It is telling that New York Gov. Cuomo did not just sign the law, but also celebrated the signing of the law by directing the 408-foot spire on One World Trade Center and three other structures (the Kosciuszko Bridge between Brooklyn and Queens, the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge over the Hudson River, and the Alfred E. Smith Building in Albany) to be lit in pink on that evening (22 Jan.).

The news from others states is a reminder that Iowa dodged a bullet when Fred Hubbell was defeated in the gubernatorial election last November; if he had won, he no doubt would now be competing with Govs. Cuomo, Raimondo and Northam to see which Democrat governor could be the most extreme advocate of abortion in America. Unless he had managed to secure Democrat control of both houses of the Iowa legislature, he would have been stymied in any attempt to use taxpayer funds for abortion in Iowa, or similarly to loosen restrictions on abortion in the state, but he and his wife have long shared their wealth with Planned Parenthood, and he might have chosen to continue to use his wealth, now amplified by the power and prestige of his office, to promote the incidence of abortion in Iowa.

Thanks to the outcome of our last gubernatorial election, Iowa has been spared from participating in this ghoulish competition.