Virginia’s Democratic governor received arguments to defend abortion until birth directly from abortion multinational Planned Parenthood, an independent investigation revealed Wednesday, Oct. 30.
The nonprofit Judicial Watch found out that Gov. Ralph Northam received instructions and phrases from Planned Parenthood (PP) advocating passage of a law that would lift all abortion restrictions even up to the time of birth.
Judicial Watch requested through the Virginia Freedom of Information Act a series of emails where the staff of the governor’s office and Planned Parenthood directors prepared together the speech and argument that the Democratic government team would use to lift all restrictions on abortions performed during the third trimester of pregnancy and up to the time of birth.
These arguments were used, in fact, during an interview on WTOP radio in January that raised a lot of controversy, Northam, who is also a pediatrician, revealed that his law would allow the end of the baby’s life even after birth.
In this interview, the governor was asked about statements by Fairfax County delegate Kathy Tran, the bill’s sponsor, who said the bill would allow women to seek abortions at any time during their pregnancy, even at the end of the third trimester, if their physical or mental health were at risk.
“If a woman already has all the signs that she is going to give birth (…) she is dilating. Could the mother request an abortion at this point? Would your law allow this [an abortion at that point]?” Republican Todd Gilbert asked at a Virginia congressional subcommittee hearing on Jan. 28 to Tran.
“My law would allow it, indeed,” replied Tran.
Journalist Julie Carey of NBC 4 asked the governor if he supported this law and asked him to explain Tran’s statement, to which Northam replied, “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,” the Northam said.
He then added that he believes that “the government should not be involved in these kinds of decisions [whether or not to kill the baby once it is born]. This is a decision that has to be made by the mother and the doctors,” Northam said.
“Legislators shouldn’t be telling a woman what she should and shouldn’t be doing with her body,” thus considering that a baby that has already been born and is outside her mother’s body can be killed if the mother and the doctors consider it so.
The most striking thing about the statements is that a large part of the speech Northam used during the interview was composed from a series of phrases that were provided to him by Alexsis Rodgers, former policy director of the Office of the lieutenant governor of Virginia from a PP email account to which Judicial Watch had access.
The talking points that Northam received in the mail of Jan. 30, 2019, as found out by Judicial Watch, are the following:
“There is no such thing as an abortion up until birth.”
“Making a decision about whether to continue a pregnancy is a complex and personal decision. Politicians have no place in this process.”
“As a physician, I know how important it is to trust my patients and for my patients to trust me.”
“These are complicated medical decisions that families deserve to make in private without political interference.”
And this wasn’t the only “instruction” mail Northam received.
According to Judicial Watch, communication between members of Northam’s team and PP staff was constant during the days leading up to the introduction of the law that would remove Virgina’s last remaining restrictions on abortions up to the time of birth.
Even LaTonya Joyner-Gregory, a Planned Parenthood policy analyst, sent Northam suggested amendments to two other bills introduced in the Virginia Legislature on maternal mortality.
“One of Joyner-Gregory’s suggestions would require the investigators to consider “socioeconomic status and/or insurance status” of the deceased women as factors, as well as opioid/drug abuse issues,” revealed Judicial Watch.
“These new emails show that Planned Parenthood was running the press conferences for the Governor of Virginia Ralph Northam after he endorsed infanticide during a radio interview,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.