Under the guise of repealing “anti-women’s health laws,” Virginia Governor Ralph Northam made the announcement on Good Friday that he had signed a bill stripping nearly all regulations on abortion in the state.
In a press release, Northam’s office announced the signing into law of the Reproductive Health Protection Act, which “which repeals medically-unnecessary restrictions on women’s healthcare.”
“No more will legislators in Richmond—most of whom are men—be telling women what they should and should not be doing with their bodies,” Northam said in an accompanying statement. “The Reproductive Health Protection Act will make women and families safer, and I’m proud to sign it into law.”
The legislation will also allow non-physicians to perform abortions, as well as loosening building safety standards in abortion clinics that are required of other outpatient facilities. These safety standards, proponents of the bill have stated, were often used as a loophole to force closures of abortion facilities and block abortion access.
In a statement to Breitbart, Americans United for Life CEO and president Catherine Glenn Foster called the legislation “horribly destructive” and said that it “will undermine the role of law to protect and guide.”
This bill lowers the basic, common sense health and safety standards that abortion facilities must meet, degrades women’s care, and will result in unsafe abortionists operating with even more impunity.
The bill eliminates reflection periods for women seeking an abortion while denying vulnerable women the full truth on what abortion means, what abortion is, and what abortion does.
The most heartbreaking part of this travesty to me personally is its repeal of the lifesaving ultrasound requirement in Virginia. When I went in for my abortion, scared and only 19 years old, I was denied the option to see the ultrasound of my baby. I asked, but the abortion worker said no. Now women all over the commonwealth of Virginia will be denied that basic right as well. It would have changed the course of my life. Women deserve better.
This move by Northam, a pediatric neurologist and a Democrat, hardly comes as a surprise in light of his controversial 2019 defense of a bill introduced by Democrat Delegate Kathy Tran that would have allowed abortion even when a woman is in the middle of full-term labor.
Northam said at the time:
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.
Foster pointed to Northam’s inflammatory statement, arguing that he “should have been removed from office last year after he stated clearly and directly that when a child is born alive during an attempted abortion, she could be denied basic care and compassion, and left to die alone.”
Adding in a reference to the infamous incident in which a photo of Northam in “blackface” surfaced, Foster continued:
“Since neither his indifference towards the lives of newly born infants nor towards his fellow, minority citizens were enough to make Gov. Northam make the decent choice to leave office, we are now left with the devastating outcome that he has signed Virginia’s so-called ‘Reproductive Health Protections Act’—a fallacious name in every conceivable way since it only seeks to put women in more danger as it destroys community protections.”
Saints, the holocaust of the unborn is growing by the minute. We can end it, and we must. Let us be a generation of Jeremiahs and weep for this nation and plead for its repentance!
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