Mediaite: "Trump Tells Dangerous Lie That Gov Northam Would 'Execute a Baby After Birth'"

Chris Menahan
Jan. 24, 2020

President Donald Trump's claim that Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said last year that he would "execute a baby after birth" is a "dangerous lie," according to Mediaite.

From Mediaite:
President Donald Trump became the first president to appear in person at the anti-abortion rights "March for Life," and proceeded to tell the crowd that Democratic Virginia Governor Ralph Northam "stated that he would execute a baby after birth," a dangerous lie that he has repeated often.

[...] "Then we had the case of the Democrat governor in the state of Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and we love the Commonwealth of Virginia but what is going on in Virginia? What is going on? The governor stated that he would execute a baby after birth. You remember that."

Trump is referring to remarks that Northam made a year ago describing the live birth of an infant (not an abortion) that could not survive on its own outside the womb, and the medical care decisions that would be made in that case (not a decision on whether or not to "execute the baby").
Northam said such post-birth executions would be done in cases where there "may be severe deformities" as well as "where there may be a fetus that is non-viable."

The Virginia bill that was under discussion at the time would have legalized abortion up until the moment of birth (multiple similar laws have been passed in Democrat-controlled states throughout the country).

Northam was asked about that bill and deflected by going into a defense of third-trimester abortions and post-birth executions, then he came back to the issue and defended the bill by claiming it "was really blown out of proportion."

It was a classic "deflect -> defend."

Here's the video from last January:

Call it whatever you want -- execution, post-birth abortion, infanticide -- the decision is whether or not to kill a baby.

While it may seem reasonable to some to "abort" a "severely deformed" or "non-viable fetus" the laws which are now on the books in multiple Democrat-controlled states allow abortion of healthy babies up until the moment of birth and more states are pushing forward with similar bills.

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