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BY: Jeffrey Cimmino
Gov. Ralph Northam (D., Va.) responded to criticism Wednesday spurred by his defense of an abortion bill making its way through the Virginia state legislature and his suggestion there are circumstances when a mother and physicians may allow an infant to die after delivery.
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Northam said through a spokesperson that his controversial comments were meant to defend the right of women to obtain an abortion when facing "difficult circumstances" like nonviable pregnancies or severe fetal abnormalities. He blamed backlash to his comments on Republicans "trying to play politics."
"Republicans in Virginia and across the country are trying to play politics with women's health, and that is exactly why these decisions belong between a woman and her physician, not legislators, most of whom are men," a statement from a spokesman began.
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"No woman seeks a third trimester abortion except in the case of tragic or difficult circumstances, such as a nonviable pregnancy or in the event of severe fetal abnormalities, and the governor's comments were limited to the actions physicians would take in the event that a woman in those circumstances went into labor. Attempts to extrapolate these comments otherwise is in bad faith and underscores exactly why the governor believes physicians and women, not legislators, should make these difficult and deeply personal medical decisions," the statement continued.
In an interview with a Washington D.C.-area radio station Wednesday morning, Northam commented on a bill proposed Tuesday in the Virginia legislature, the Repeal Act, that would allow abortions through...
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